The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly Labour Market Opinion (LMO), is a report issued by Employment and Social Development Canada 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 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 visa or 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 also handle the work permit and visas processing for the workers abroad or the 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 the services of an expert. We have successfully processed hundreds of applications. We have a specialized team that only deals with LMIAs. 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. Please contact us, and we will gladly provide you with a free quote for your particular case.
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ESDC receives thousands of applications per year and accepts or refuses them depending on different circumstances. They will check such 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 (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.
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.