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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Inspecting the immigrants possessions at Pier21 Courtesy of Pier21

During the decade prior to WWI, the number of the Italians in Windsor had only grown from 52 in 1901 to 95 in 1911. An increase in industrialization and the expanding labour market attracted many Italians to Canada. Italians were recruited and transported by private companies to perform dangerous or labour-intensive jobs in mines, railways, city sewer or road construction projects, and in the expanding automotive sector. Much of this work was backbreaking and seasonal. The immigrants often worked in squalid conditions. They also encountered hostile attitudes and discrimination. (Left picture - Inspecting the immigrant's possessions at Pier21, Courtesy of Pier21 )

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