A company that was sanctioned by the Saskatchewan government for offering fake jobs to would-be immigrants from China has changed its name but is still facing allegations of improper conduct.
In 2013, the government suspended the immigration consultant connected to Canmax, after discovering the company had offered almost 100 fake jobs to Chinese nationals seeking permanent residence in Canada through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
In addition, since 2011, Canmax has faced a series of lawsuits from immigration customers who say the company made big promises but failed to deliver.
In the wake of those concerns, Canmax changed its name to Wilson Legal Consulting in 2014. But the company continued to operate out of the same Toronto office space with the other Canmax group of companies.
From that location, it offered immigration services in close partnership with Brightenview Development International and its proposed Dundurn, Sask. megamall. The two companies told prospects an investment in the mall was a ticket to permanent residence in Canada.
One of those prospects now says she wants her money back because the company has failed to deliver what it promised.
Wilson and Brightenview seemed to be the same company: customer
In early 2015, Judy Zhu, a Chinese national living west of Shanghai, decided to buy a 400-square-foot unit in the Saskatchewan wholesale mall and pursue immigration to Canada.
Zhu said that to her, it seemed Brightenview and Wilson were the same company.
She said on Feb. 2, 2015 the Brightenview sales rep handled the entire transaction — assisting Zhu in signing both the contract for the megamall space and the immigration contract, under the name of Wilson.
In an email, that Brightenview employee told Zhu “we will work on your immigration plan after receiving your payment.” Zhu says she was told the mall would be completed by 2016 and she understood it would lead to Canadian permanent residence.
She paid the Brightenview sales rep a $110,000 deposit on her $150,000 immigration fee. The receipt from Wilson says Zhu’s immigration file is related to the Dundurn megamall and it bears the name of the Brightenview sales rep.
In addition, the Wilson contract itself shows deep connections between Brightenview and Wilson.
The agreement says Zhu was to pay $50,000 to Brightenview as a deposit on…