Ottawa looks to Mexico to ease labour crunch

reportonbusiness.com: Ottawa looks to Mexico to ease labour crunch

Ten years ago, Luis Vasquez left his home in Veracruz, Mexico, where he earned the equivalent of $1.50 a day picking other people’s crops, to go to the city of Cuernavaca, “thinking about a better future,” he said.

That future never materialized. Married and the father of three daughters, Mr. Vasquez, 29, survives by doing odd jobs: harvesting sorghum, laying bricks, or working as a butcher in the local market. This summer, however, Mr. Vasquez will supplement his income in a new way, travelling to Saint-Rémi, Que., to pick vegetables under a program for agricultural workers.

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