Why did people without land title set in Roc-d’Or where there was no sewer system or running water? Especially since comfortable, well organized, towns built by the mining companies existed nearby?
Living in the mining village was a privilege. Employees and a few merchants and professionals had precedence. Many newcomers to the Fournière Township had no other choice but to settle in Roc-d’Or.
In the company villages, mine workers could live in dormitories. But women and children were not allowed into these lodgings. Many of Roc-d´Or’s inhabitants were miners who wanted to live with their families.
Some settled in Roc-d´Or to sidestep their employer’s control or to pay less taxes. The price of a lot in a company town was often too expensive as there was no guarantee of long-term prosperity in the region. Squatting was seen as an advantageous solution.