Once the policy governing who would return when was settled, the issue of transportation became the next concern. The only ports open where Halifax and St. John, and their operational efficacy was compromised by the Spanish Flu; additionally, Halifax
was still in the process of rebuilding following the Halifax explosion the previous year. The suitability of ships for transport and the capacity of railroads back home also caused difficulties and delays.
During the waiting period, keeping the soldiers occupied became crucial. The men rapidly grew bored and frustrated with the delays. Sports, hunting, and theatre were all ways to pass the time until the men could be shipped home. The Khaki University,
created in 1917 to give enlisted men an introductory university education, expanded its program. 50,000 Canadians took courses to fill their idle hours. Despite these efforts to keep them occupied, complaints of drunk and disorderly behaviour were frequently
raised against the Canadians.
Before boarding their ships, the Canadians were officially demobilized. They filled out forms, and underwent medical and dental examinations to determine their eligibility for a disability pension. Most of the Corps returned home in spring of 1919, with
the last soldiers returning by August 1919. Once in Canada the men ended their military careers at the dispersal station, where they received their final cheques, war badge, and a discharge certificate before proceeding home.
Awaiting the returning soldiers were both Government and public support systems. In 1918, the Canadian Government created the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment to provide healthcare and pensions for the returning veterans. The goal of the
Department was to help soldiers successfully reintegrate into Canadian society and become self-sufficient. Injuries sustained by many men prohibited them from returning to work. Unfortunately, many men were denied their deserved pensions and benefits
due to unclear administrative policies and lack of education about mental health and chronic illness on the part of the Department.