Stepping up to provide a portion of this important component, the Nanaimo Family History Society of British Columbia plans to create an index of all passengers from 1900 to 1921 arriving at Halifax and Quebec (Montreal is included in the Port of Quebec). This is expected to be a multi-year project with all labor contributed by volunteers.
The Nanaimo Family History Society plans to index all passenger names shown on the ships manifests for the targeted ports and dates. The index will include returning Canadians, tourists, passengers destined for the U.S., and persons whose names have been crossed out. As a result, you may see a person more than once as they return to Canada from visits overseas. Persons whose names have been crossed out are annotated as such. They may be shown in a different section of the same ship, or they may have never boarded the ship. The information provided includes name, age, country of birth, arrival date, name of ship, port of entry, microfilm number, and page number.
The first part of this index is already available online: Quebec Ports for the periods 2 Jul 1908 to 5 Jun 1909, 25 Jul 1909 to 13 May 1910 and 17 Sep 1910 to 13 Oct 1910. For more information or to view the partial index already available, go to http://members.shaw.ca/nanaimo.fhs .
My thanks to Michael Kinsey for telling me about this new resource.