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The Tailor Project

The Simkin Centre has been asked to post information about this Project.  If you know of someone who came to Canada in 1948 and 1949 as a tailor or to work in the garment manufacturing industry contact information for the Project is included below.

In 1947 the Canadian Jewish Congress, Jewish Immigration Aid Society, and the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission recognized an opportunity to improve the lives of people in displaced persons camps.

Known as The Tailor Project, this initiative brought more than 2,000 tailors from DP camps in Europe to Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal in 1948. This was the first immigration initiative that allowed Jewish families to come into the country.

The Tailor Project was transformational for many survivors of the terrors of the Holocaust and World War II but their stories remain untold. Who were the tailors? Where did they come from? What was the impact of The Tailor Project on the lives of their families?

If you came to Canada through this program or know someone who did please contact: or call Nicole at 647-980-6181 and visit us at

Posted on November 9, 2018.