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.
Canada was an early leader both in the construction of homes from highly processed wood products, and in the advancement of prefabricated wood housing. The prefab homes introduced by the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company of Vancouver, were a significant contribution to the evolution of Canadian architecture. Prefabs existed before those of B.C. Mills, but these earlier efforts were flimsy and difficult to heat. B.C. Mills' superior offerings were shipped by rail, with pieces numbered and pre-painted. Buyers could assemble their homes in only a few days without professional assistance. Some of these dwellings still stand in Western Canada, mostly in the vicinity of Vancouver.
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.