How work in Canada in its many and varied forms has changed over time. Work is an essential part of the human experience and has been performed in Canada from the pre-Colonial period to the present day. Work developed in different forms over time and was shaped by a wide array of influences, including gender, race, ethnicity, geography, economics, and politics. The experience of working in Canada shares features found in all societies, but it has its own unique twist. Canada, A Working History argues that there are key themes found in the history of work in Canada that persist to the present day.