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The Welch Company

Welch Company

Photo by contributor Parks Canada - Posted February 2017

Welch Company

Photo by contributor Parks Canada - Posted February 2017

Welch Company

Photo from Google Street View ©2017 Google - Posted February, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
On the west side of Algoma Street South
between Bay Street and Dufferin Street

Coordinates: N 48 26.007 W 89 13.713


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Plaque Text

From the 1890s to the 1970s, this contracting firm founded by the Veltri brothers aided Italian immigration and built part of Canada's transportation infrastructure. Headquartered in Thunder Bay and operating in six provinces, it recruited thousands of Italians and other immigrants for its railway construction and maintenance projects while breaking through prejudices within the business community. It advocated a more open immigration policy after the Second World War, contributing to the massive arrival of Italians. As a result of such efforts, Italian Canadian communities and cultural centres like this one flourished throughout the country.


Thunder Bay Plaques

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