‘Immigrants built Toronto’: New exhibit highlights contributions of immigrant workers

A new exhibit is highlighting the contributions made by immigrant workers to the construction industry in Toronto, during a time when major landmarks like the CN Tower and the Toronto-Dominion Centre were built.

“City Builders: A History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwar Toronto,” is being featured in the Myseum Intersections festival.

The exhibit showcases the ‘immigrants that built Toronto’ through a multimedia project on display at the Columbus Centre, in North York from March 19 to 31.

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Through an interactive experience, displays, artifacts, and videos are used to tell the stories of Italian, Irish, Portuguese and other immigrant workers in the construction industry, between the 1950s and 1970s.

Additionally, it explores the unsafe working conditions, the high number of fatalities faced by workers, as well as the rise of unions and labour organization.

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