What happened to the Japanese Canadians during WWII?
During WWII, Canadians of Japanese ancestry living along the Pacific coast were interned. They were forcibly removed from their homes and were essentially confined in camps. They were allowed to work in low-wage positions that lacked manpower. In addition, their property was confiscated and was later auctioned off at less than market value.
The internment was done because of fears that the Japanese-Canadians would in some way help Japan's war effort. The internment zone extended 100 miles inland from the sea. In early 1945, the internees were given the choice of being moved to Eastern Canada (after being released) or of being returned to Japan after the war ended.