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Ships Passenger Lists Before 1865
| There are no comprehensive ships passenger lists of immigrants arriving in
Canada prior to 1865. Until that year, shipping companies
were not required by the government to keep their passenger
Immigration Projects Online
* Return of Irish Catholic (Counties Wexford & Carlow) families who Sailed from New Ross to Upper Eastern Canada in 1817
Alms House Admission Foreigners & Nativity Records with Ships Names 1819 - 1840 (New York City, New York) includes individuals who had sailed into Canada first
* Ships passenger lists for Peter Robinson Settlers sailing 1825 Ireland to Canada (includes passenger lists and surgeon's logs of the sick and dying, plus 180 Settlers Survey Responses 1823-1825)
* St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. Passenger Records 1819-1836
* Poor Law Union Immigration from England to Canada 1836-1853 names of impoverished emigrants sent from England to Canada on board 23 ships. Also names of emigrants each year from 1836 - 1871 (no ship names)
* The Hawke Papers, letterbooks of Chief Emigrant Agent Anthony B. Hawke are available at the Archives of Ontario from 1831 to 1892. Search the
searchable database 1865 - 1883 The 1831-1865 records are not online but can be consulted at the Ontario Archives
* Passenger Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents with sailings from
Londonderry Ireland to Quebec and St. John New Brunswick from 1847
* People from the Fitzwilliam estate in Ireland who settled in Ontario, 1847-1855 Settlement in East half of Ontario
*A Story of Emigration: Southwest Wicklow (Ireland) to Ontario 1840s Settlement in West half of Ontario
* Index of Names of Emigrants from the 1845-1847 Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal
* Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, 1823-1845 Full details [$]
* Emigration Agent Returns of Emigrant Orphans, 1847 [$]
* Filling in the Gaps: Partial Ships Passenger Lists 1850-1855 Names of Individuals in the New York Almshouse who arrived in Canada before going on to New York (includes name of ship, date of arrival and more)
* Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port of Kingston Ontario, Canada 1861-1882 gives the final
destination of the individuals, their date of arrival at
Kingston and more.
* Petworth Immigrants 1832-1837
* Emigrants from England in New York City Almshouse 1818-1830 - 254 names of English immigrants to Canada & USA including
the name of the ship they sailed on
* Irish Immigrants at Grosse-Īle - 33,026 immigrants whose names appear in surviving records of the Grosse-Īle Quarantine Station between 1832 and 1937.
* Search most ships lists on the Internet going to
Canada and the online InGeneas databases for immigration to Canada 1800s
* Saint John New Brunswick Customs House Passenger Lists 1815, 1832, 1833-1834 & 1837-1838 - the only known surviving lists from this time period. Most of the Customs House records were lost in
1877 in the Great Fire of Saint John. Famine lists from 1845-1850 appear also to have been lost.
* Colonial Archives Database contains over 70,000 detailed descriptions of documents in the archival collection mainly of the British and French colonial periods. Search Tip from Lorine: Use French keyword "passagers" to virew the 526 entries re passengers to New France, Louisiana etc. Note that the records are NOT duplicated in both English & French. For eg. "passengers" gives 89 hits only
* Index to Miscellaneous Immigrants to Canada Before 1865 A number of lists have been indexed by name in this database. Many of the records relate to immigrants from the British Isles to Quebec and Ontario, but there are also references to settlers in other provinces. The database also includes other types of records such as declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.
Passenger lists for Ships to Canada after 1865
British Bonus Allowed
The British Bonus was a commission paid by the Canadian government's
Immigration Branch to steamship booking agents in the United Kingdom and
in European countries for each suitable immigrant who purchased a ticket
to sail to Canada. The immigrants themselves did not receive the bonus,
although those who settled on western homesteads did receive a separate
monetary bonus upon proof of settlement.
As such, the "British Bonus" was a subtle marketing tool used by the
government; it served to encourage steamship booking agents to recruit
desirable settlers (farmer, domestics, etc.). The laws of the time in
many European countries forbade open encouragement of immigration by any
The British Bonus came into effect through the passage of an
Order-in-Council on September 27, 1890. It provided the following
While the arrangement above was in place, many suggestions were received by the Department recommending that the regulations be altered so that a
bonus would be payable when the immigrant arrived in Canada instead of
when he took up land. It was finally agreed to pay of bonus of $1.75 on
adults and half that amount on children from the British Isles arriving
Winnipeg, Manitoba. This system remained in effect until April 1, 1906
with the exception that in later years it applied to immigrants to
as well as Western Canada. In the year 1904-05, 146,266 immigrants
arrived at Canada of which the British bonus was paid on 28,835.
- To pay a limited amount, not exceeding in any case $50.00, to the class of "returned men" (not exceeding fifty) to Europe toward
recouping their expenses on sufficient proof furnished of success in bringing immigrants to Canada.
- To pay a bonus to Steamship Agents in the United Kingdom, of $5.00 for each adult settler on land, of 18 years and over, on
certificate of booking and shipping such settler to Manitoba, the Northwest Territories of British Columbia, and, on certificate of a Dominion Lands Agent, to be furnished as proof of such settler.
- To pay a bonus of $10.00 to each homesteader, the head of a family, and $5.00 for each member of such family at the adult
age of 12 years and over, with an additional $5.00 to any such member of a family who might within six months after arrival in Canada
become a homesteader on settlement on land in Manitoba, the Northwest Territories of British Columiba, proof being furnished of such
settlement by the certificate of a Dominion Lands Agent.
The stamp "British Bonus Allowed" was stamped against the name of
applicable passengers on manifests. Other, similar, notations included
"C.G.E.A. which was the abbreviation for the Canadian Government
Employment Agent (these agents received a commission from the government
for placing newly-arrived immigrants with employers who were seeking
labourers or domestics; and "Continental Bonus" which was
established in 1882 and were similar to the British Bonus but applied to
emigrants from the European mainland.