The Aftermath of WWI in Canada

In this activity, students will examine the internal challenges facing Canada’s population after the war, including the role of women and workers and their demand for a better place within Canada, the effects of PTSD on returning soldiers, and the Spanish Flu pandemic.


This activity consists of three parts (all optional of course). For the first part, we suggest splitting the class into teams of 2-3 and assigning each group a topic from the list below. Teams will research and present to the class.

In the second part, students will fill in a fact sheet as they listen to the presentations. Please note that there is no need to print the provided worksheet (student guide), as it can now be completed directly from your computer! To use the fillable function, be sure to download the PDF.

Students may use the information gathered for a reflective essay in the third part of the activity. See the student handout for full details.

  • Women and the Right to Vote (Quebec vs. the Rest of Canada)
  • Workers’ Rights
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) also known as “Shell Shock” or “lack of moral fibre” during & after WWI
  • SpanishFlu & consequences for Canadians
  • Royal Canadian Legion: Creation & Role
  • Veterans’ Affairs: Creation and Role, Pensions for Veterans
  • Legacy of The Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR) and its role in the community after WWI

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