By the end of the 19th century, Montreal was home to Canada’s largest Italian community. During the first decades of the 20th century, the demand for unskilled labour and seasonal work in railway construction or in natural resource extraction was increasing. In 1910, Montreal was undergoing a major phase of expansion, which included work such as paving streets, building canals and tunnels, adding sewer and tramway lines and erecting buildings. The call was answered by 58,104 Italians arriving in Canada, many of them settling in Montreal.
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