An LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers for a specific job or duration.
To obtain an LMIA, Canadian employers must fulfill the following requirements
◉ Job Posting: The employer must post the job vacancy for a minimum of 28 days on the Government of Canada's Job Bank and other online platforms. The job posting must include the job title, duties, salary range, and language requirements.
◉ Recruitment Efforts: The employer must demonstrate that they have made efforts to recruit Canadian citizens and permanent residents for the job, such as advertising in local newspapers, contacting Canadian job agencies, and networking with local associations.
◉ Job Description: The employer must provide a detailed job description that includes the qualifications, experience, and skills required for the position.
◉ Wage Offer: The employer must offer a competitive wage that meets or exceeds the prevailing wage for the occupation in the region.
◉ Impact on the Labor Market: The employer must demonstrate that hiring a foreign worker will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labor market.
◉ Compliance with Employment Standards: The employer must comply with all applicable employment standards, including minimum wage, working conditions, and health and safety regulations.
◉ Language Requirements: The employer must demonstrate that the foreign worker has the language skills necessary to perform the job duties effectively.
◉ Supporting Documents: The employer must provide supporting documents, such as business registration, tax records, and proof of financial stability.
Once the employer has met these requirements, they can apply for an LMIA through the ESDC. Processing times vary depending on the location and type of job
If you are an employer in Canada looking to hire foreign workers, we would be happy to assist you with your LMIA application!