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Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Earlier referred to as Labor Market Opinion (LMO), and now called Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), assists foreign nationals reach Canada for temporary work duration.Canada employer has to get approval from LMIA when foreign worker needs to be hired.

LMIA Process

Process begins by submitting 2 applications, one to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for assessment, other to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to access work permit.

Applicant Requirement (for Canadian Employer)

Type of LMIA

How LMIA Gives Assessment Approval

LMIA assess that a foreign worker to be hired will not affect Canada’s labor market besides following.

  • Wage offered is equivalent as per job location.
  • Associated working conditions, labor laws and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Shortage of labor in Canada.
  • Hiring foreign worker will help Canadians to gain new skills.
  • New skills will develop more jobs in Canada.
  • Many other aspects are considered.

LMIA Exemption

There are provisions to hire foreign workers without any LMIA assessment under following International Mobility Programs.

  • Foreign worker under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) / United States Mexico Canada (USMCA).
  • Intra-company transferees.
  • International Experience Canada called working holiday permit holders.
  • Post-Graduates & Bridging Open workers.
  • Academic exchange and doctoral fellows, teacher-professors, etc.