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Alberta 'ground zero' for abuse of Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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For the first time, the federal government has come down on an Alberta employer for misusing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Noralta Lodge is a hotel chain in northern Alberta that specializes in providing accommodations for oilfield workers. After a six month audit, the government found that Noralta provided "false, misleading or inaccurate information" in its request for a Labour Market Opinion, which permits an employer to hire staff through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 

The resulting punishment landed Noralta on the blacklist and barred the lodge from using temporary foreign workers for two years.

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