Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Urban and Regional Planning.


Vakil, Anna,




This study examined company housing in the Village of Deloro, Ontario from 1916 to 1961 by investigating the factors of labour maintenance, industry profits, housing profits, social control and labour control. The Deloro Smelting and Refining case study uses pattern matching to determine which factors were involved in the decision making process. The analysis suggested that the prosperity of the resource extraction operation was the primary reason for continued investment in company housing. Although the profitability of company housing was a factor, producing a capital return was by and large insignificant to the continued maintenance of the units. Despite the auxiliary benefits of profits, social control and selective labour control, company housing was subsidiary to the resource extraction industry. In this regard the Deloro Smelting and Refining case study has demonstrated that there is a need to ensure that dominant industries powers are kept in check. As long as dominant industries are pressured to produce greater capital returns they will utilize any means at their disposal to ensure survival in the free market, this includes using company housing to manipulate their employees. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1998 .W66. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0423. Adviser: Anna Vakil. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.