Still experiencing serious economic and social difficulties after
World War I, the British government
hoped to alleviate some of its troubles by promoting emigration. The Empire Settlement Act committed
Britain to coordinate and subsidize settlement programs with the Government of Canada and other immigration
organizations. As a result, settlement arrangements such as the
3,000 Families Scheme, soldier settlement schemes and the efforts of the Catholic Scottish Immigrant Aid
Society helped to make Britons the largest
migrant group in Alberta in the 1920s. Intended primarily to put British migrants on
the settlement tactics, nevertheless, resulted in only a small number
of British farmers, as most eventually made their way
to the towns and cities.
This digital collection was
produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital
Collections initiative, Industry Canada.