In 1931, after insistent representation from the Canadian Legion, parliament enacted the Armistice Day Act. The Act ensured that November 11th would be set aside as a day distinct and apart from any other observance upon which the nation could pay special tribute to those "who gave their lives that freedom might prevail".
In 1970, an act, known as "The Holidays Act", was passed by Parliament which included, among other holidays, Remembrance Day. An extract of that act reads as follows:
At the outbreak of World War II, there were only 37 Canadian vessels registered for foreign voyages. Nearly half of that number was lost to enemy attacks. Approximately 1,400 Canadian seamen served on those original ships.
A 1941 Order in Council called for the establishment of Merchant Seaman Manning Pools; created training schools and facilities, as required; and, encouraged the assistance, and coordination of the extension of facilities for the welfare of seaman in Canadian ports.
Eventually, Canada had the largest merchant fleet in the history of the Dominions with approximately 180 oceangoing cargo vessels and some 14,000 skilled seamen, at all ranks.
175 Canadian Seamen died by enemy action in World War I
1,146 Canadian Seamen died by enemy action in World War II