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Canadian Immigration Overview
Those who came to Canada as part of the War Orphans Project found themselves scattered across the country, some in the larger cities, others in smaller communities. In some cases, there were incompatible differences between the orphans and their host families. These orphans made several moves to other homes before they were finally settled. However, most of the families provided a secure base from which the orphans could begin their new lives in Canada. Many of the orphans formed lifelong bonds with their foster families. In many cases, social workers and members of Canadian Jewish Congress also played central roles and went beyond their professional duties to help these young people.      more... »
Canadian Jewish Congress / CJC
An organization of the Canadian Jewish community, founded in 1919, but was dormant until events in Europe revitalized it in 1933. During and after the war, it worked to secure asylum for Jewish refugees in Canada.
War Orphans Project
An initiative of the Canadian Jewish community that secured the permission of the Canadian government to admit Jewish orphans after the war. In 1947, Privy Council Order #1647 was issued permitting 1000 Jewish war orphans, under eighteen years of age, to immigrate to Canada under the auspices of Canadian Jewish congress, with the stipulation that full responsibility for the children's welfare be assumed by the Jewish community.