Labour Market Impact Assessment

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Are you an employer looking for LMIA assistance?

LMIA applications process are always a headache and time consuming. Our expertise can help save your business time and costs.

Generally, a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is required before a Canadian employer can hire a temporary foreign worker (formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion – LMO). In order to obtain an LMIA, employers must advertise the position for at least four weeks and potentially interview candidates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

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The LMIA process distinguishes between “high-wage” and “low-wage” employees. Temporary foreign workers whose remuneration is below the provincial/territorial median wage are considered low-wage. Temporary foreign workers whose remuneration is equal to or above the median wage are considered high-wage.

LMIA applications are detailed and require lots of documentation.. Employers must provide a written description of why each un-hired Canadian was not qualified for the job. Not all work permit types require a LMIA to be issued; work permit streams that are LMIA-exempt come under the International Mobility Program.

To speak with a Regulated Immigration Consultant about a Labour Market Impact Assessment, please call (416) 290-5763 or email

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