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The small Arms Society


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The small Arms Society


Our Story

The individuals making up this creative class have a different set of values, work ethic, and understanding of collaboration across traditional lines. The importance of bringing together culture, science, heritage, and arts into one facility in flexible use space cannot be overstated. Such spaces are rare just as factories were rare at the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

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The plans for the small arms building include artists living at the facility, this is an important aspect of the plan as it brings the building alive 24 hours a day seven days a week. The artists living at the facility have a double obligation to the community both as productive artists and as stewards of the building. Besides paying rent, producing artwork at the building and displaying their work in the flexible use spaces, the artists in residence bring the building alive.

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Mission


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Mission


During the existence of Small Arms, Ltd. few details were available due to the nature of the company. Small Arms, Ltd. was a Crown company which manufactured firearms on arsenals property during World War II. 50 years later, a variety of books, newspapers, photographs, company newsletters, and accounts from former employees have established the Company‚Äôs contribution to the Canadian war effort. On September 10th, 1939 the Canadian government declared war against Germany while Canada was still in the Great Depression. With a total population of 11 million people, approximately 900,000 workers were unemployed (Pierson, 1986). 

20% of the unemployed were women (Pierson, 1986). Lakeview, in Mississauga suffered from unemployment before World War II but the establishment of Small Arms, Ltd reversed the condition by providing thousands of people with work to support the war (Heritage Mississauga Files1).