Labour Market Impact Assessment and Work Permits for Hiring Foreign Workers

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as Labour Market Opinion (LMO), is a report issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that outlines the impact of hiring a foreign worker on Canada’s labour market. 

Employers need to obtain this approval to hire foreign workers. If the assessment is positive, a report outlining the conditions of the employer’s job is offered. It must include the employees’ names and the expiry date of the LMIA that will be listed in the document issued by ESDC.

Once a positive LMIA has been issued, it must be forwarded to the employees abroad to obtain a work permit that will allow them entry to the country with any other worker’s rights and obligations.

Work Permit Renewal

If the worker is already in Canada, a work permit renewal application must be submitted. Immigration Pros can assist workers abroad to file their applications for work permits and work permit extensions inside Canada.

Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have made it more difficult for employers to obtain a positive LMIA. We strongly recommend hiring an expert’s services. We have helped hundreds of candidates put together their applications thanks to a highly specialized team that only deals with this kind of procedure.

Please contact us, we will gladly provide you with a free assessment to review your particular case and advise you with the best options to obtain a positive LMIA. 

ESDC receives thousands of applications per year and accepts or refuses them depending on different circumstances. They will check several things as:

  • Whether the number of foreign workers in your company is within the cap established by the government.
  • If the job offer and the company are genuine.
  • If the wages and working conditions are in line with those offered to Canadians (National Occupational Classification -NOC- wages).
  • If the employer conducted reasonable efforts to hire or train Canadians for the job.
  • If the foreign worker is filling a labour shortage or, hiring a foreign worker will directly create new job opportunities or help retain Canadians’ jobs or transfer new skills and knowledge to Canadians.
  • If the hiring will not affect a labour dispute or the employment of any Canadian worker involved in such a conflict.

There are also situations where pre-approvals are requested. It allows the employer clarity to recruit foreign workers with the security that, once suitable foreign workers have been recruited, a positive Labour Market Impact Assessments will be issued.

Pilot Projects and Provincial Programs

Finally, there are some pilot projects and special programs that are in effect for most provinces.  These vary in conditions and requirements according to the specific needs of each province.

Many programs or pilot projects have been launched to facilitate the processing of Labour Market Impact Assessments throughout the country, such as:

  • Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers for Occupations Under Pressure
  • Caregiver Program
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)
  • Employment of International Students Graduating from Recognized Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Hiring Foreign Information Technology Specialists

Feel free to contact us, we will gladly provide you with a free assessment of your particular case and tell you the possible routes through which you can obtain a positive LMIA.  

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