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Temporary Foreign Worker Program sanctions Alberta lodging company

11/06/2014 01:36 EST | Updated 01/06/2015 05:59 EST
The federal government has barred a lodging company in Alberta's oilsands from using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for two years after an investigation found the employer provided "false" or "misleading" information in support of its applications for foreign workers.

The owners of Noralta Lodge Ltd. in Nisku, Alta., have been publicly "blacklisted" after the government revoked 19 applications for temporary foreign workers, CBC News has learned. The applications or labour market opinions are needed to prove the need to hire a foreign worker over a Canadian employee.

The applications for foreign workers were revoked because "the employer or group of employers provided false, misleading or inaccurate information in the context of the request for that opinion," says a notice posted on the website for Employment and Social Development Canada on Nov. 4.

The names and addresses of five employers are currently on the government's so-called "blacklist" for those who have broken the rules or have been suspended from using the program.

Noralta Lodge describes itself as a company that provides "five-star service" accommodation for workers in northern Alberta's oil and gas sector.

"We pride ourselves on being the first choice for quality accommodation for hundreds of companies across northern Alberta," the website says.

A spokesperson for Noralta Lodge in Niksu was not immediately available for comment.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney overhauled the program in June saying more stringent rules were needed to send a clear signal to employers that abuse of the program will not be tolerated and that companies must redouble their efforts to hire Canadians first.

Under the new reforms, the government promised a "more comprehensive and rigorous" screening process.

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