Hiring Practices

Due to low wages, intense job competition, and difficult working conditions at the Asylum, recruitment was often challenging. The hiring process relied heavily on networking within the London community and with the greater asylum system. The provincial inspector of Asylums would often recommend individuals who had already worked in institutional settings. Hiring also relied on the process of nepotism. The 1901 Canadian Census (external link to Library and Archives Canada) shows that many workers shared the same last name.

Disability benefits were available to staff members who were unable to work as a result of illness or injury, and pensions were sometimes provided upon retirement. Employees paid into this fund which offered them greater job security and encouraged long-term employment.