The National Registration File of 1940 resulted from the compulsory
registration of all persons, 16 years of age or older, in the period
from 1940 to 1946.
The information is subject to the Canadian Privacy Act. According to
this Act, when a person has been dead for more than 20 years, the
information is no longer considered to be personal and can be disclosed.
A questionnaire typically included name, address, age, date of birth,
conjugal status, dependents, country of birth (persons registered and
parents only), nationality, racial origin, languages, education,
general health, class of occupation, occupation or craft, employment
status, work experience by type, mechanical or other abilities, latent
skills, wartime circumstances, previous military service.
The files are organized by address, so it is required that you know
where the person lived during the 1940-46 period. Street indexes (paper
and microfilm/microfiche) are for many cities are often available
through public librairies or inter-library loan.
There is a fee of Canadian$45 plus applicable taxes which is
refundable of no records are found.
Further information on the Registration (including copies of the
questoinnaire forms) and details of requesting a search can be found at