Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
LMIA is a labour market verification process in which Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) evaluates a job offer to guarantee that hiring a foreign worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labour market. Employers will be obliged to give a variety of information regarding the job for which they wish to hire a foreign worker, such as the number of Canadians who applied, the number of Canadians who were interviewed, and thorough explanations for why the Canadian workers considered were not hired.
An employer in Canada may be required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before recruiting a foreign worker.
A positive LMIA indicates that a foreign worker is required to fill the position. It will also reveal that there is no Canadian worker or permanent resident who is qualified for the position. A confirmation lette is a term used to describe a positive LMIA.
A Labour Market Impact Assessment is normally required for programmes that allow foreigners to reside and work in Canada on a temporary basis (LMIA).
Although some foreign workers are exempt from requiring an LMIA, all streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), as well as various other immigration programmes that allow applicants to claim points for working in Canada, require LMIAs.
Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit.
To apply for a work permit, a worker needs
Your potential employer is responsible for requesting an LMIA at least six months prior to the start date of your contract. Depending on your income and the median wage in the province or territory where you will be working, employers will have varied application procedures. Low-wage jobs will necessitate more procedures than high-wage jobs. An LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada is required (ESDC).
The LMIA application process varies depending on the programme you're applying for.
The LMIA application process is time consuming and requires a large number of comprehensive supporting documentation. To receive a positive LMIA, your employer must meet the following criteria
Average Labour Market Impact Assessment processing times for May 2021:
|Application type||Average processing time|
|Global Talent Stream||13 business days|
|Agricultural stream||14 business days|
|Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program||8 business days|
|Permanent residence stream||16 business days|
|In-home caregivers||16 business days|
|High-wage stream||31 business days|
|Low-wage stream||38 business days|
When a Canadian employer hires a foreign worker, he or she does not need to file for an LMIA. The International Mobility Program normally indexes and organises these.
It's crucial to know whether or not you'll require an LMIA before embarking on your Canadian adventure. As previously stated, there are a variety of programmes and immigration categories available for temporary foreign workers, who are just as important to the development and growth of the Canadian economy as permanent residents and citizens.