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Canada. Wartime Prices and Trade Board
Canada. Dept. of Finance
Wartime Prices and Trade Board sous-fonds, 1939-51 : finding aid
Sous-fonds Commission des prix et du commerce en temps de guerre, 1939-51
World War, 1939-1945
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The Wartime Prices and Trade Board is a former Canadian government agency, established on September 3, 1939, by the Mackenzie King government, under the authority of the War Measures Act, in the Department of Labour. It was responsible for price controls and inflation control during the Second World War, and was founded to prevent the skyrocketing inflation that had occurred during the First World War. The board was organized into 13 regional offices and 100 local offices, and inflation only rose by 2.8 per cent between 1941 and 1945, which was the lowest rise in inflation among all nations during the war. On August 13, 1941, the Board moved from the Labour Department to the Department of Finance. In 1942, the Board was given the mandate to reduce non-essential industrial activity to the bare minimum in order to concentrate jobs in more essential sectors to the war effort. The board was finally abolished in 1951.
This collection consists of the finding aid / index for the Wartime Prices and Trade Board sous-fonds.