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Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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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
Filling in the Gaps: Finding Pre-1865 Ships Passenger Lists to Canada (84 pages) by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
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
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.
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.
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.
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