The Great Depression was a severe,
world wide economic crisis which
lasted from the end of 1929 to the
outbreak of World War II.
It began dramatically on October
24, 1929, with the collapse of the
stock market in the United States.
BANK MASSIVE WAGE
FALLING PRICES WIDESPREAD
FOR GOODS UNEMPLOYMENT
Canada’s economy depended on
producing natural resources, such
as wheat, minerals, and timber.
When prices for these goods fell on
the international market, Canada
was hard hit.
By 1933, 30% of the labour force
• Falling grain prices
• 10 year drought
• Topsoil blew away.
• Work camps- In return
for food, shelter,
clothing, and 20¢ a day,
the men laboured at
road clearing, wood
cutting, and other
• Soup kitchens- Every
town or city had one b
1934. Relief to the
misery of the “Dirty
New Deal and New Parties
MACKENZIE KING R.B. BENNET
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF)
It proposed a socialist program to end the Depression. It
drew large crowds and captured 30% of the vote in B.C.
and 25% in Saskatchewan.