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UprootedThe Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420145

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.001.0001

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Canadian Demand for Child Labour

Canadian Demand for Child Labour

(p.129) eight Canadian Demand for Child Labour

Roy Parker

Policy Press

There was considerable Canadian demand for British child immigrants throughout the 50 years after Confederation, and it remained at a high level even during periods of economic recession. This chapter begins by exploring the nature of the Canadian farm-family economy in order to appreciate why these demands were so insistent. It then discusses girls as domestic servants, ages and wages, and education for immigrant children.

Keywords:   child labourers, child emigration, child immigrants, Canadian farm family, domestic servants, education law

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