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Labour Market Impact Assessment

Do you have a temporary employment already lined up? You may be admitted to Canada as a temporary foreign worker.

If you intend to work temporarily in Canada, you may require an employment authorization in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An LMIA issued by an immigration officer after your job offer has been approved by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) assesses an offer of employment to ensure that the employment of a foreign worker will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labor market.

Almost all job offers require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) with the exception of some.   Employers are required to demonstrate that they require a foreign worker to fill the job they are hiring for and demonstrate that they have the finances to be able to do so. The Employer also needs to show that they are in good standing, their company is legitimate, and they are only relying on the foreign worker temporarily.

It is a strict two stage process to get the foreign worker a Work Permit.

The first stage is applying for a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to “validate” the Employer and the Job Offer. This is an extensive process but well worth it in the end. The Application is analyzed and the ESDC takes into consideration all of the circumstances of the employer to ensure they can handle the forgein worker and that they are not abusing the process.  The ESDC worker will look for answers to their questions such as:

  1. What recruitment efforts has the Employer carried out to attempt to hire a permanent resident or citizen of Canada?
  2. Is there a labour shortage?
  3. Will the foreign worker be able to transfer unique skills or expertise to Canadians?
  4. Were the recruitment efforts genuine?
  5. Does the foreign worker meet the needs of employment?

Once the ESDC is satisfied of the LMIA, they will issue a positive LMIA that the foreign worker can use to obtain a work permit with the IRCC.

Frequently Asked Questions

The application fee is $1,000.00 and must be paid by the Employer to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

No, the foreign worker must be compensated the prevailing wage for the position and based on their experience.  This is a crucial part of the LMIA process.

Why hire AP Lawyers to represent you in obtaining your LMIA?

Our experience and dedication will always increase your chances of success. We know what to look out for in the application process. We are thorough and we can advise you on ways to improve your chances of being selected. We have Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s authorization to represent you in the Canada Immigration processes and we are members in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.