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Old 03-08-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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The media and the Business Community in America say we need more unskilled immigrants, to advance economically. Much of these low skilled immigrants in America come from Latin America.

I know Canada is a land of immigrants but I always assumed that most of the immigrants in Canada are higher skilled and educated. And many communities in Canada have very few immigrants at all.

With the lack of unskilled and uneducated immigrants in Canada who in Canada does the dirty jobs that the Mexicans do in America?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Mexicans do a lot of the agricultural work. They come on temporary work visas.

The Mexico-Canada Guest-Worker Program: A Model For The U.S.? : NPR

As for cleaning hotel rooms, construction work, restaurant cooks and dishwashers, etc. - Canadians and other immigrants do those jobs, unlike in many parts of the U.S. where almost exclusively it is Mexicans and Central Americans doing those jobs. There are some industries that have a higher representation of a particular immigrant group. For example hotel maids in Toronto are usually Jamaican. I have been told there's a lot of eastern europeans doing construction work. But it is not exclusive like in the larger U.S. cities where many construction sites require a working knowledge of Spanish.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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What ethnic group(s) tend to do the "grunt work" in Quebec?
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Canada
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What ethnic group(s) tend to do the "grunt work" in Quebec?
Quebecois.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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Quebecois.

You don't have Mexicans working on construction crews or farms or in slaughterhouses?
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Lots of Africans. African Africans, not the hybridized ones in the US. Most are refugees, and very similar to the Mexican work ethic. That being said, because of the larger social safety net, and marginally better wages, they aren't illegal, just poor.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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You don't have Mexicans working on construction crews or farms or in slaughterhouses?
No we don't. Except for farms. WE have something like 50,000 guest workers working in AG across the country. They go home every year for 2 to 4 months. I believe that this programme is far to open to exploitation AND IT VERY BADLY NEEDS TO BE REFORMED. These guest workers should have a pathway to permenent residency and eventual citizenship. They pay unemployment insurance but can't collect it. If they are injured on the job they are covered by comp but it does them no good when they are sent home. I have friends who employee these folks, both Mexican and Jamacian and they are awesome good workers.

They have expanded this programme a little and if you can believe it it's the fast food industry that needs the help.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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No we don't. Except for farms. WE have something like 50,000 guest workers working in AG across the country. They go home every year for 2 to 4 months. I believe that this programmer is far to open to exploitation AND IT VERY BADLY NEEDS TO BE REFORMED. These guest workers should have a pathway to permanent residency and eventual citizenship. They pay unemployment insurance but can't collect it. If they are injured on the job they are covered by comp but it does them no good when they are sent home. I have friends who employee these folks, both Mexican and Jamaican and they are awesome good workers.

They have expanded this programmer a little and if you can believe it it's the fast food industry that needs the help.
If the foreign workers from places like Mexico and Jamaica are such good workers, the word will get out and more will come in very soon.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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If the foreign workers from places like Mexico and Jamaica are such good workers, the word will get out and more will come in very soon.
The word has been out for a long time. The fact they are good workers does not help them immigrate to Canada. If they are uneducated and poor the chances of them ever being accepted as an immigrant are nil.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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What ethnic group(s) tend to do the "grunt work" in Quebec?
I would say in Quebec it is much more mixed between immigrants, anglophones and francophones. Depends on what you define as grunt work.

Jobs like cleaning buildings can have people of any origin doing them. Francophone Québécois are not absent from these jobs but not the only ones doing them.

Taxi drivers are often Haitian or Lebanese. Some Québécois francophones also.

Picking fruit in the fields - Latin Americans.

Construction is very heavily francophone Québécois although these jobs are unionized and quite well paid.
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