Thousands of men were roaming the country looking for employment without success. In October of 1932 the Canadian Federal Government realized that action needed to be taken to deal with the single, homeless, unemployed men meandering about the country looking for work. Ottawa established a series of camps under the control of the Department of National Defense. The men were provided sustenance, cloths and shelter and paid 20 cents a day. In exchange the men provided the labour on several make-work projects.
Disillusionment with the camps spurred the men to leave and this would lead to the On-to-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot.
To find more information on the On-to-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot go online to The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/on-to-ottawa_trek_and_the_regina_riot.html