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Canada's Contribution to World War 2. What were the 3 most important things Canada contributed to the war? -Change of economy, women's effots and the BCATP (British Commonwealth Training Program).

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Imagine. You're a Canadian citizen living through out World War II. As the war ends you're proud to have survived the horrific battle, but over hear someone asking what significant features Canada had with the war. How would you feel? What would you say? No matter who you were during that time frame, you would've had a notable and vital role even if you weren't a solider. Allied victory in World War II was in large part aided by Canadian involvement in the form of the BCATP, Economic Change and Women's Rights.

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (better known as the BCATP) was a training facility that qualified certain pilots and navigators to fly overseas in Europe. Bases were set up all over Canada since it was a safer place than anywhere else. Altogether, 132 000 people graduated as proficient BCATP pilots and navigators. Out of that amount, 55% were Canadian citizens. (# 167) Air fighting was a big part in World War II so it helped that the BCATP graduates were the most skilled. If the BCATP had not have existed, the Allies probably would have lost the Battle of Britain which could have resulted in losing the whole war leading to Nazi Germany taking over the world.

When the war started, every way of living had to change dramatically. Factories for appliances became wartime production industries, giving the people who lost jobs from the depression new work. Industries built ships, fighting planes, military trucks, weapons and more, and had produced over 800 000 that were sent all over (# 165). Also, to help finance the war, Victory Bonds were introduced-$4 was lent by the civilians and were paid $5 back at the end of the war. $12 billion was raised to support the soldiers (# 165) which was immense at the time because a lot of people didn't even have $4 to spend on themselves, never mind lend it out. There was rationing, as well, which limited people on what they could buy. Everyone was ok with it because they knew it was for their fighting troops....