The 1940 National Registration resulted from the compulsory registration of all adults in Canada from 1940 to 1946. This information was originally obtained under the authority of the National Resources Mobilization Act and the War Measures Act to permit the mobilization of all the human and material resources of the nation for the purpose of the defence and security of Canada. The records are in the custody of Statistics Canada.
The registration included all persons who were 16 years of age or older, except for members of the armed forces and religious orders, or those confined to an institution. If a person died between 1940 and 1946, it might be possible that their questionnaire was destroyed.
The questionnaires include the following details:
There was a different form for males and females regarding questions about occupation, work history and military service. The records are arranged by electoral district; however, a soundex-format index exists.
Inquiries about the records and requests for searches should be directed to:
Census Pension Searches Unit
Census Operations Division
B1E-34 Jean Talon Building
Please note that:
Library and Archives Canada does not hold copies of the 1940 National Registration records. All requests and inquiries must be addressed to Statistics Canada at the above address.
First World War
A similar national registration was undertaken during the First World War in June 1918; however, those records have not survived.