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.
High-density dwelling patterns, common in Britain and on the European continent long before the first North American settlements, were transplanted by early settlers to Canada's first urban centers: Quebec, Montréal and Halifax. This type of housing served Canadians well in those days before the introduction of public transportation. Row houses - side-by-side dwellings sharing common walls - allowed people of all income levels to live close to work, and maximized urban lot space, while multiple housing - buildings with two or more self-contained suites - was very cost-effective for less affluent families. A wide variety of multiple-dwelling houses are still found in Canadian cities.
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.