Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

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LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment)

Most employers need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before they can hire a temporary foreign worker. Before you begin the hiring process, you must first determine whether you need an LMIA, and if so, apply for it from Service Canada.

The LMIA is a document that gives a Canadian employer the permission to hire a temporary foreign worker to fill a position, provided that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident available for the job. 

Once Service Canada determines that the Canadian employer has done every possible means to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the job but has remained unsuccessful, then they will issue a positive LMIA to the employer.

The LMIA can then be used to support a temporary foreign worker’s application for a work permit.


There are two critical processes to every LMIA application.

First, it is important for an employer to determine whether he or she would need an LMIA. IRCC provides LMIA-exemptions to a list of categories and occupations. Our regulated immigration consultants can work on this determination and simplify the process for you.

Second, the LMIA application requires a thorough preparation of requirements, together with a persuasive presentation of every step taken to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position. Our immigration consultants can represent you and your company to Service Canada and IRCC through the process of applying for an LMIA, and even assist your prospective employees through the work permit application process.

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