Canadian participation in the war by population

In the most recent episode of OOTF, Indy compares the proportion of Irish volunteers serving in the British armed forces during WW2 to that of Canada, at between 2 and 3% of the population. Where did that number come from? The population of Canada in 1939 is shown in the Wikipedia article as 11,267,000. By the end of the war, 1.1 million Canadians served in the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Navy, or the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Admittedly, math isn’t my strong suit, but 2-3% of 11 million isn’t 1.1 million. So where did that number come from in the episode?


I think that the Canadian participation and effort in WW2 are often sadly overlooked, especially in movies.


You are very right as the figures used by Indy we would of had upwards of 3 million people in uniform

We actually only had 1.1 million in uniform of which almost 90% saw action of some sort.