1949 - 1968: Did Canadians create the country they wanted?

Timeline created by dion.calim
In History
  • Baby Boom

    Thousands of solders were returning from WWII, these solders had plenty of time to get married and start their own families. This brought Canada into a new period called the Baby Boom. This brought the Employment rate really high and the economy performing well.
  • Canada continues to grow

    Canada's population continues to grow and so does the economy. The Government decides to build hospitals, schools, libraries and roads. The government also builds the Trans Canada Highway, the longest road in the world. Alberta oil booms continues and is responsible for 2/3 of Canada's oil production. This oil boom increases the interest of foreign companies and people who invested in the oil fields. Since 1920, Americas investment has increased from 44-76% in Canada's total foreign investment
  • St lawrence Seaway.

    The St.Lawrence Seaway Project begins so that ships could have access to the great lakes from the Atlantic ocean. This project allowed many Canadians to find jobs to build dams, locks and bridges
  • Suburban living style

    Canada begins to build new housing, the suburbs. Families begin to move into these new houses located just outside of major cities. These houses also means that many people need a car to commute to work or school.
  • Canada and America culture

    Canadians are interested with the American culture. They listen to American rock n roll and watch American television. This would become a problem for those who were worried about the Canadian identity.
    The federal government launched the Canada Council for the Arts. The council provided 1.4 million for orchestras, theaters, and dance companies and also for Canadian artists. Canada began to create their own Canada identity in arts
  • Cancon rules

    Cancon rule states that broadcasters must show 45% Canadian content on their channel
  • Baby Boom increases

    baby boom Canadian population increases to 17.5 million, the population increases by 30% since 1949
  • Bill of Rights

    The bill protects rights to equality, it protects the freedoms of religion, speech, the press, and of assembly and association, and it guarantees legal rights to counsel and "fair hearing." In the same year first nations were also given the right to vote,
  • Tommy Douglas

    Tommy Douglas becomes national leader of the New Democratic Party. He had previously been premier of Saskatchewan, and had helped to make universal health care a reality there. In 1966, the Medical Care Act is passed and all Canadians were granted free health care.
  • Canada's New design

    Prime Minister Lester Pearson tells the House of Commons that his government wants to adopt a new national flag. He wants a symbol that will help create a Canadian identity. Over 5000 designs were submitted to the government for consideration. On December 15, the House of Commons accepts the single maple leaf design in a vote.
  • auto mobile

    Canada signed the Autopact (Canada US Automotive Products Agreement) to create a single North American market for passenger cars, trucks, buses, tires and automotive parts. It removed tariffs on cars, trucks, buses, tires, and automotive parts that were coming into Canada. The big automakers agreed to keep automobile production in Canada at the same levels as it was when the Pact was signed. The Auto Pact created thousands of Canadian jobs.
  • Colour TV's

    On July 14, the Canadian government announced that color TV would be introduced to Canada on Sept. 1st! Canada was the third country in the world to get color TV, after the United States in 1953 and Japan in the early '60s.
  • Canada's 100th

    Canada turns 100 years old! Canada celebrates it Birthday by bringing together 50 million people from around the world and 62 nations participate.
  • CRTC

    The Broadcasting Act establishes the Canadian Radio-television Commission (CRTC) to supervise all aspects of the Canadian broadcasting system. This was another step in protecting and promoting Canadian culture.