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.
During World War II, Victory Homes were introduced to house employees of defence-related industries. Partially prefabricated, Victory Homes were available in two models: bungalow or one-and-a-half storey. Only 245 square metres in area (800 square feet), each had only one bathroom, a small kitchen, no basement and no furnace. Updated and renovated, many Victory Homes are still part of Canada's architectural landscape today.
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.