Another driving force in Cape Breton were the coal mines, which would play a major role in the war effort. During the First World War, the coal mines would produce nearly 6 million tons of coal per year, which was about 50% of all the coal produced in the country. Lesser amounts were produced during the Second World War, however they still made a great contribution. Coal was the basic fuel that powered Canada’s industrial outputs throughout both wars, and Cape Breton was a major source of that. The coal mines and steel plant would also provide jobs for soldiers returning from war, despite work in the coal mines meaning they would be putting their lives at risk again. In 1938, a cable break in the Princess Mine in Sydney Mines, resulted in the death of 20 men while 31 had been left with serious injuries, some of whom were veterans of the First World War. This was only one of many disasters to happen in Cape Breton’s coal mines between 1873 and 1992. This memorial park project will be sure to honor those lives in addition to those lost during the war.