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Description found in Archives

Office of the Custodian of Enemy Property fonds [textual record (some microform)] 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

ca. 324.42 m of textual records.
182 microfilm reels

Added language of material: French

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records created and/or maintained by the Custodian of Enemy Property. Researchers are cautioned that unprocessed textual records and records in other media are not reflected in this description.

Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Government of Canada.

Finding aids are available. See lower level descriptions and accession records. 99 (Other)

Biography / Administrative history

The Office of the Custodian of Enemy Property was established in 1916 under the authority of the War Measures Act of 1914. Its function was to take action under the Trading with the Enemy regulations, including the seizure and liquidation of enemy property. From 1919 to 1939 it served the function of administering war claims and reparations. With the outbreak of the Second World War, the office once again was given responsibility for Trading with the Enemy regulations. In 1942 the role of the Custodian was expanded to include the administration of property taken from Japanese Canadians. In the post Second World War period the Office of the Custodian held responsibility for resolving Canadian War Claims, and the resolution of outstanding wartime property issues. This latter process was complicated and extended by large scale nationalization of property in Eastern Europe in the post war period. The Office of the Custodian of Enemy Property ceased operations in 1985.

Additional information

No further accruals are expected.


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