Where are the people?

Back when families of 10 kids were common, there were lots of dirt-poor Canadians, living off the land and hoping for better times. But because families were so large, there was also a deep labour pool for a growing industrial, service and government economy to draw on. Labour flowed from the farm to the city to the oilpatch and so on.

Those days are well past, and Canada relies heavily on immigrants to keep the wheels turning. Half a million of them arrived last year, and still there are stores and other services forced to take down time due to staff shortages.

It seems there just aren’t enough people to go around. Not ones willing to work, at any rate.

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