Labor Market Impact Assessment(LMIA)

There are various ways to hire or retain foreign staff permanently. We help employers determine the right pathway for their worker, from getting them here on a temporary work permit to achieving permanent residency.

Labor Market Impact Assessment(LMIA) detail

An LMIA is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC),

Canadian employes looking to hire Temporary Foreign Workers must first apply for and receive government permission to hire abroad. In most cases, the permission comes in the form of Labor Market Impact Assessment(LMIA).

An LMIA is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), stating that hiring of a temporary foreign worker will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian Labor Market.  When assessing the merits of the applicant, ESDC will consider:

  • Are there Canadians/Permanent Residents available and willing to accept the job offer?
  • Has the employer made sufficient efforts to recruit Canadians/Permanent Residents?
  • Is the employer offering a wage or salary that is consistent with the regional average rate paid to Canadians/permanent residents in the same occupation in the region?

Are working conditions  for the occupation acceptable by the current provincial labour market standards;

Any potential benefits that hiring a foreign worker might bring to the Canadian labour market, such asjob creation , transfer of skills or knowledge or retain jobs in Canada?

Temporary foreign workers must receive an LMIA  in order to apply for a temporary work permit, unless specifically permitted to bypass this requirement. LMIAs have an associated application fee of $1,000 for each temporary foreign worker position applied for.