Since the days when only Natives inhabited our vast land, Canadians have been adapting to their local environment, using locally available materials to construct dwellings and build communities. Today, Canada is recognized as a world leader in the housing.
Canada Post will issue a pane of nine domestic-rate Housing stamps this September. Each stamp focuses on one of Canada's celebrated housing structures, with images that evoke the social, environmental, cultural and technological contexts in which these homes were built.
Though log cabins are the best known type of housing among European settlers, there were several others as well. Scottish "crofters" or tenant farmers sometimes built stone huts. French immigrants built farmhouses using a structure that came to be called "Red River Frame" or "Hudson's Bay Company Frame". Settlers on the plains used the land itself, cutting and layering sods much like a bricklayer would use clay bricks. Called "soddies", these dwellings were warm in winters and cool in summers but tended to be dark, leaky and a haven for insects.
On the occasion of the Heritage Canada Foundation's 25th anniversary, Canada Post salutes its valuable efforts and recognizes, too, the more than 50 years of service which the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has provided to Canadian dwellers across the country.