Immigartion Laws before 1945

  • Immigration Act

    The first immigration act in Canada was established in 1869. This policy was essentiallu 'open door' , laying very restrictions on people who wished to emigrate. Prime Minister alexander Mackenzie stated that "no British community should legislation explicitly rejected only criminals and those who might become public charges-paupers or infirm people who unable to support themselves.
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    Canadian Immigration

  • The Dominion Land's act

    It was a peice of legeslation that granted a quarter section of free land (160) to any settler 21years or over who paid a ten-dollar registration fee. had to live on this for three years cultivate 30 acres and build a permanent building.
  • 1896

    in 1896, Clifford Sifton, as the new Minister of the Interior, actively pursued immagrants from all parts of Europe to open Canadian West. He simplified the regulations of the Dominion Lands Act ad enabled the immigrants to secure their land more quickly.
  • The Immigration Act of 1906

    This act defined the meaning of the term "immigrant" and barred a broad spectrum of immagrants from Canada. It increased the government's power to deport certain classes of individuals and decresed the amount of "anding money" immagrants needed to have in their possesion when thery arrived. it also provided for the establishment of controls along the Canada-United States border.
  • The Vancouver Riot

    The Vancouver Riot brought about demands from British Columbia for the government to put measures in place to stop the immigration of Asian people. This put Canada in an awkward position with Japan. In an attempt to please the buisnessmen of B.C. and the government of Japan, Ottawa negotiated an agreement where Japan wou;d only allow 400 people to emigrate to Canada each year.
  • Continuos-Journey Regulation

    In 1908 th Continuous-journey regulation came into effect. Under the regulation, all would-be immagrants to Canada were required to travel to Canada by continous passage from their country of origin or citizenship on a through ticket purchased in that country. Since no shipping company provided direct service from India to Canada.
  • Immagration act of 1910

    This act gave Cabinet the authority to 'exclude immigrants belonging to any race unsuited to the climate or requirements of Canada".It also made the governtments power stronger o deport individuals such as anarchists.
  • Komagata Maru

    a Japanese tramp steamer hired by a wealthy Sikh merchant.
    vessel lay in harbour for weeks because passengers were denied food and water by Canadian authorities.
  • British Hindus residing Canada

    The British Hidus residing in Canada were now allowd to bring their wives and children to Canada. The continuous Regulation remained in effect until 1947.
  • Chinease Immigration Act

    In 1923 the government also abolished the head tax. It was replaced with the new Chinease immigration act whose provisions were so broad that chinease immigrants were virtually barred. The date this went into effect was called Humiliation Day. In place until 1947
  • Canadian Pacific agreement

    In 1925 th Canadian government signed an agreement with the Canadian Pacific railway allowing them to recruit cheap forgeign workers . This paved the way for Canada to recieve immagrants from countries previously designated as "non-preferred"
  • Canadian Citizenship Act

    it provided for the conferring of a common Canadian citizenship on all Canadians, whether or not they had been born in Canada. Canadian citizenship, however was deemed to be a privilege to be granted only to those deemed to be qualified.