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.
Early Canadian houses reflected the influence of settlers from France, Britain and New England. Across Canada, several distinct types of regional houses cropped up: wooden rowhouses of St. John's Newfoundland; the stone houses with Scottish "dormers" of Halifax, Nova Scotia; the distinctly Ontarian brick homes, and the Quebec farmhouses with their steeply pitched roofs.
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.