Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that may need to be obtained by an employer in Canada before hiring a foreign worker.

If a Canadian employer wants to hire a foreign worker, they must apply to the Canadian government for an LMIA. A positive LMIA will indicate that the job needs to be filled by a foreign worker. It will also clarify that no Canadian employee or permanent resident is available to do the job.

Once the Canadian employer gets the LMIA, the foreign worker can apply for a work permit, which is a legal document that allows them to work legally in the country.

An employer can hire a foreign worker through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP)

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

Employers who want to hire foreign workers can hire through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. An employer will need a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order to hire outside of Canada.

International Mobility Program (IMP)

In some cases, in order to hire a foreign worker, it might not be necessary for an employer to obtain an LMIA. The International Mobility Program manages the LMIA exemptions. This program allows employers to hire foreign workers without an LMIA.

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