Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA’s)

Prerequisite for Canadian Work Permits & Work Visas

Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA’s), formerly known as Labour Market Opinions (LMO’s), are the prerequisite for Work Permits for Temporary Foreign Workers.

An LMIA is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada that assesses the impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labor market. This assessment is an essential step for Canadian employers seeking to hire temporary foreign workers through certain immigration programs, particularly those under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

This is a volatile program, and not for the meek or unprepared. You will require expert guidance in an LMIA application.

Are You an Employer Looking for Foreign Workers?

In today’s fast moving international economy, employers often find themselves short of essential skilled workers to fill key positions that will allow their business to grow and meet the demands of a competitive marketplace. However hiring foreign workers in Canada can be difficult.

We can help you navigate this complex and exacting process, from the initial screening to see if the position and candidate is eligible for an LMIA, to drafting the ad and job description, salary positioning, to the full application for an LMIA.

Upon successful issuance, we can then assist the foreign worker on how best get their Work Permit in the fastest way possible.

It’s important to note that not all foreign worker positions require an LMIA. Some categories under the International Mobility Program (IMP), such as Intra-Company Transfers and certain professionals covered by international agreements (e.g., CUSMA Professionals), may be exempt from the LMIA requirement. However, many temporary foreign workers enter Canada through the TFWP, and for those cases, obtaining a positive LMIA is a crucial step in the process.

Check LMIA Eligibility for a Potential Worker

For assistance in acquiring an LMIA or an Intra-Company Transfer for a potential worker, we invite you to complete the assessment form below, and call us to set up an in office consultation:

Are You Asking an Employer to Sponsor You?

If you are a worker abroad interested in immigrating to Canada, or an International Student in Canada whose Post Grad work permits are due to expire, you need to know how to have your employer ‘sponsor’ you via the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

We invite you to complete the assessment form to check your eligibility below, and call us to set up an in office consultation that is reserved just for you!

LMIA Highlights

  • The employer in Canada is typically responsible for applying for an LMIA. This involves demonstrating that efforts have been made to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents before considering foreign workers.
  • The LMIA assesses whether hiring a foreign worker for a particular position will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labor market. Employers need to show that there is a genuine need for the foreign worker and that efforts have been made to fill the position with a Canadian worker.
  • Employers must offer wages and working conditions that meet or exceed the prevailing rates for similar positions in the region. This is to ensure that the employment of a foreign worker does not negatively affect the wages and working conditions of Canadian workers.
  • Employers are usually required to conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents first. The results of these efforts are part of the LMIA application.
  • If the LMIA is approved, it is considered a “positive LMIA.” This document is crucial for the temporary foreign worker as it allows them to apply for a work permit to come to Canada.
  • Once the employer obtains a positive LMIA, the temporary foreign worker can use it to apply for a work permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).