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Vocational Training schools and Training and Re-establishment Institutes
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51 cm of textual records
34 cm of textual records (7 o/s ledgers)
22 cm of published materials
4 cm of graphic materials
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Toronto's Training and Re-establishment Institute was located in the vacated Department of Education buildings on Gould Street (RCAF Training School during the War). TRIT, as it became known, offered technical, matriculation, and commercial training courses. They included architectural drafting, mechanical drafting, plastering, bricklaying, plumbing, steam fitting, sheet metal, painting and decorating, Sign painting, carpentry, mill work, cabinet making, upholstery, wood finishing, electrical construction, electrical maintenance, radio broadcast technicians, industrial electronic technicians, radio servicing technicians, radio announcing and broadcasting, radio commercial operators, radio and electrical appliance servicing, chefs, bakery, horology, gem setting, graphic arts, machinist, tool making, welding, forging, women's tailoring, dressmaking, homemaking, practical nursing, photography, motor winding, stationary engineering, barbering, hairdressing and beauty culture, telegraphy, refrigeration and air conditioning, piano tuning and repair, and printing trades. The School of Photography and the School of Graphic Arts were singular to Toronto.
The training ended in 1947, with many of the courses being rolled over into the new Ryerson Institute of Technology, which opened in 1948.
The vocational and matriculation rehabilitation of Canada's war veterans was undertaken by Canadian Vocational Training - a Dominion-provincial organization under the direction of the Dominion Department of Labour. Every province had some degree of program for the training of returning veterans.
Ontario offered technical training, matriculation, commercial, agriculture, and mining training with centre is Toronto, London, Hamilton, Kitchener, Windsor, Fort William, Brockville, Prescott, Kingston, North Bay, Ottawa, Guelph, Kemptville, and Haileybury.
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The record group contains records created during the period 1937-1947 relating to vocational training for Canada's wartime and post-war (World War II) returning veterans. The bulk of the materials relates to the Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute located at 50 Gould Street in the old Department of Education offices and buildings. Materials include books, photographs, reports, catalogues, brochures, objects, and textual records.
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