May 22, 1939
Italy and Germany sign the Pact of Steel agreement promising to aid the other in the event of war.
September 01, 1939
Poland is invaded by Nazi Germany.
Canada invokes the War Measures Act. First introduced during World War I, the Act gave the government unlimited powers to protect the state from any internal or external threats. This included banning subversive political organizations and suspending foreign-language newspapers. The Act also allowed for the internment of Canadian residents born in countries or empires at war with Canada.
September 03, 1939
France and the United Kingdom declare war against Germany.
September 10, 1939
Canada formally declares war on Germany.
Around 850 German-Canadians are interned and over 66,000 German and Austrian Canadians (naturalized citizens), who arrived in Canada after 1922, are forced to report to police regularly.
December 18, 1939
The first division of Canadian infantry to cross the Atlantic arrives in England.