In the woolen mills and cigar factories, children under the age of 14 worked alongside men and women. A 66-hour work week was not uncommon. Woodworking shops had little ventilation, subjecting workers to clouds of fine dust. And a carpenter earned 25 cents an hour if he was experienced.
The scene in a developing country?
No, these were the working conditions in the late 1800s in the city that would become Toronto, according to testimony before the Royal Commission on the Relations of Labour and Capital.