There was compulsory registration for all persons age sixteen and older from 1939 – 1946. The exceptions were active members of the armed forces, cloistered nuns and inmates of prisons, penitentiaries and asylums. All respondents were issued with an identification card. Those living on reserves had to have a card in order to leave. The questions on the registration forms included: name, address, age, date of birth, place of birth of the applicant and their parents, marital status, number and relationship of dependents, racial origin, languages spoken,ducation, general health, occupation, and work experience. Not all questions were always answered. The questions and samples of the questionnaires for men and for women are found at Canadian Genealogy Centre.
Statistics Canada, Census Pension Searches Unit
150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6
Tel.: 613-951-9483 Fax: 613-951-4574
- Douglas, Althea. “World War II and National Registration – 1940.” Here be Dragons, too! More navigational hazards for the Canadian family researcher.
Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2000, page 71-72.