The number of temporary foreign workers in Quebec has climbed more quickly than anywhere else in Canada, but experts say resources to prevent exploitation haven’t kept up, leading to more workers deserting farms for illegal work elsewhere in Quebec or across the border.
The provincial government under Coalition Avenir Québec’s François Legault, who is seeking re-election on Oct. 3, has refused to increase immigration, despite a critical labour shortage set to only get worse in a booming economy with an aging population and declining birth rate.
Instead, it has struck deals with Ottawa to allow Quebec employers to triple the number of migrant workers
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