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Labour and Economic Growth - Introduction
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Rice Studio Album-99
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1913


Industrial Moose Jaw.


The primary focus of the government between 1870 and 1930 was the settlement of the prairie landscape with homesteaders to create an agricultural society. The farmers would use the railways to reach their land, ship their products out to the markets, and import manufactured goods from Eastern Canada. Missing from this equation, however, was any thought of manufacturing goods in Saskatchewan itself. In spite of these policies, many people who immigrated to Saskatchewan were not farmers. The agricultural sector needed a large infrastructure to support it, and many people saw greater economic opportunities there rather than on the farm.

Building the railways, supplying the building materials (wood and brick), and running the financial services to back the rapid growth and expansion all provided employment for new immigrants. For many homesteaders it was seasonal work on the railways and in the mines and forests that provided the necessary income to get their homestead operational.

All of this economic activity gradually formed an industrial sector in Saskatchewan. While this sector was never dominant during the settlement years, it did provide another foundation to the province’s prosperity.

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Rice Studio Album-99
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photograph
Keywords:
Moose Jaw; Industries; Moose jaw River


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