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.
Shortly after World War II, Don Mills, Ontario emerged as Canada's first corporate suburb. A landscape architect named Macklin Hancock was instrumental in the design. Along with a team of fellow architects, he introduced key concepts for planned community housing: neighborhoods, a discontinuous road system, a profusion of green space, new house forms and new lot configurations. When Hancock's plan emerged as a success, other developers quickly adopted his concepts. By 1970, the planning of every Canadian city was dominated by the Hancock formula.
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.