Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

LMIA is a document that an employer may need before hiring a foreign worker in Canada. Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is an older term for the process. In short, LMIA and LMO refer to the same process.

Most importantly, a review of the application must determine that hiring a foreign national will have a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian job market. Further, the application must make it clear that no Canadian filled that position and had to offer this to a foreign national. To clarify, LMIA process varies depending on the wage of the position.

What is high wage?

Wage above the provincial/territorial median wage is considered as the high wage.

What is low wage?

Wage below the median provincial/territorial wage is considered as low wage.

In addition, you can learn more about median wages for different provinces at the Employment and Social Development Canada website.

LMIA

What is the govt. processing fee?

ESDC processing fee is $1000. There are some exemptions from this fee.

What is the processing time?

ESDC website has the latest processing times. You may qualify for an expedited service.

For foreign nationals, the next step is applying for a work permit after LMIA approval.

Are you an employer looking for assistance with a LMIA application?

LMIA applications are usually time consuming. Professional help can save your business time and costs.

You must hire through the temporary foreign workers program (TFWP) if you need an LMIA. Further to this, TFWP lets the employers hire foreign workers to fill temporary skill and labour shortage. Once you get a positive decision, you should provide a copy of the confirmation letter to each temporary worker and advise them to apply for a work permit.