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Canada’s foreign worker boom

posted Mar 18, 2012, 1:56 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 1:57 PM ]
Since 2006, Canada’s low-wage temporary workforce population has ballooned by 70 per cent
by John Geddes on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:00am

It was the worst imaginable way to jolt Canadians toward noticing that low-wage foreign workers are an increasingly important segment of the country’s labour force. Ten workers, nine from Peru and one from Nicaragua, recruited to fill jobs vaccinating chickens, were killed, and three others badly injured, when their van ran a stop sign and collided with a truck at a rural crossroads in southwestern Ontario. The truck driver, a Canadian, also died in the crash early this month. The accident thrust the reality of who works at the lowest tiers of farming and some other sectors briefly into the news. But even with that burst of attention, the swelling statistics on migrants remain little discussed. When Stephen Harper’s Conservatives won power in 2006, 255,440 foreign temporary workers lived in Canada. By 2010, their ranks had expanded to 432,682.

They are an increasingly diverse group.

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