Before 1930, immigration to Canada was encouraged and there was no need for the Privy Council to approve lists of immigrants being allowed to come to Canada.
With the advent of the Great Depression and the resulting loss of jobs, Canadian immigration regulations were changed to restrict the number of immigrants.
Under the new
immigration regulations, the following people were allowed to enter Canada without the permission of the Privy Council:
- British subjects with enough money to sustain
themselves until they found employment
- American citizens with enough money to sustain themselves until they found employment
- prospective farmers from any country with enough money to sustain themselves until they found employment
- the wife, and
children under the age of 18, of a naturalized Canadian man
If a naturalized Canadian wanted to sponsor an immigrant other then their wife or children under the age of 18, he had to appeal to the Privy
Council to waive the new regulations.
The Orders in Council with lists that we have indexed were created to request the Privy Council to waive
or make exceptions to the new immigration regulations and allow the specified immigrants to come to Canada.