A Canadian company has found themselves at the center of an immigration debacle that led to the deportation of three foreign nationals and it has pleaded guilty and resultantly fined $12,000 for breaking Canadian immigration protection laws.
The company pleaded guilty before a provincial court Judge to counts of misrepresentation and employing illegal foreign workers under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Three migrant workers were deported in May 2011 to their native Philippines and the workers were banned from applying to immigration Canada again for at least a year. The trio arrived in Canada in 2007 with federal temporary Canada work permits.
Employers must secure a labor market opinion (LMO) from the federal government before applying for a Canada work visa for foreign workers. A labor market opinion assesses whether or not the jobs offered can be filled by Canadian citizens themselves. The men said their employer told them to start work before securing a LMO. Their efforts to fight the Canadian immigration system in court ultimately failed with the conclusion of the case.