September 01, 2010 10:01 ET

Canada Post Honours Canada's Home Children

Stamp recognizes Home Children's experiences and courage, and the legacies of their descendents

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2010) - Today, Canada Post issued a single domestic rate stamp to honour Canada's Home Children and recognize the courageous and sometimes arduous journeys many of them had to make to settle in this country. The stamp features an image of the SS Sardinian—a ship that carried children from Liverpool to Québec—and photographs of a Home Child at work on a farm and a newly arrived Home Child standing beside a suitcase.

"The arrival of the Home Children from Britain brought with it people who affected the character and landscape of Canada in innumerable ways," says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamps Services at Canada Post. "This stamp honours the Home Children and recognizes their experiences and courage, as well as the legacies of their descendants. It's only proper that we remember them for their accomplishments as well as their sufferings."

The Government of Canada has also recognized Canada's Home Children by proclaiming 2010 the Year of the British Home Child. "Designating 2010 as the Year of the British Home child is a meaningful way to acknowledge this chapter in Canadian history," said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Throughout Canada's rich history, immigration has often taken place in waves. One of these included the immigration of more than 100,000 orphaned, abandoned and pauper children who were sent from Britain to Canada in the hope they would have a brighter future. Known as Home Children, these boys and girls began entering Canada in 1869 and continued to settle here until the years following World War II. The children were welcomed by Canadians as a source of farm labour, domestic help and, in more fortunate cases, family members. However, while some children benefitted from the promise of a brighter future, others were abused, neglected and overworked. Today, it's estimated that 12 per cent of Canadians are descended from the Home Children.

About the Stamp

The stamp, which is printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper, measures 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal) and has 13+ perforations. Printed using lithography in six colours plus varnish, the stamp has P.V.A. gum and is general tagged on four sides. The Official First Day Cover is cancelled in Ottawa, Ontario. The stamp is available in a pane of 16 stamps.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the news section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are also available. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1-800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902-863-6550.

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