Reasons for Leaving
Most of the immigrants moving to Canada were peasant farmers that were looking for a better life in Canada. Most of these farmers were too poor to buy their own farmland. In some European countries, the government only allowed rich, higher-class families to buy land. In other countries, only the oldest son was able to take over their parents’ farms and the other children had to find work somewhere else.
Many of the immigrants’ home countries were overpopulated and there were not many jobs available. These people were unable to make a living.
Many immigrants were living in overpopulated countries and could not find work there.
Other immigrants were refugees and were moving to Canada to escape wars that were going on in their own countries. Many immigrants were mistreated for their beliefs or traditions and were not able to live their life with the same amount of respect that British and French people had been able to.
Many immigrants were trying to escape war conditions in their own home countries.
Other people wanted to move to Canada for a new adventure and the excitement of living in a new place. Canada offered jobs, wealth, and a safe place to live for immigrants. Many early settlers came to Canada to escape poverty, war, and to have the freedom to practice their own traditions and religions.
The Canadian government made Canada look like a country of adventure, excitement, and prosperity in advertisements.