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What is an LMIA

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is an official document that an employer in Canada may require before hiring a temporary worker. The LMIA is only valid for a specific role and must state the job title, location and hours of work.

Once a foreign worker has been selected for a role, they are able to apply for a work permit.

The completed LMIA will be sent to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) who will assess the application based on merit. A successful outcome is known as a ‘positive LMIA’.

A positive LMIA is verification that no permanent resident can undertake the role, and sometimes referred to as a confirmation letter. It is a lengthy process requiring documentation and statistics relating to unsuccessful candidate applications, and hiring employers must demonstrate equality and fairness with regard to wage/salary and working conditions. Its overall purpose is to protect Canada’s domestic job workplace, as well as ensure that foreign temporary workers are treated equally to their Canadian counterparts.

The cost of an LMIA application fee is approximately $1000 per foreign worker.

Popular job roles

It is unknown why certain roles are unfilled by Canadian workers, but it is likely related to vast retirement patterns and particular skill-gaps.

The most popular unfilled roles for professionals include: IT consultants, food service supervisors, cooks, bakers and hospitality staff, electricians, plumbers, agricultural workers, general construction workers, long-haul truck drivers, production workers, production workers, CNC operators, housekeeping and cleaning workers.

Visa duration

Providing that the foreign worker meets the requirements of the LMIA, their visa will last for a duration of 2 years.

Processing times

The processing time of the LMIA is difficult to decipher, and can range from two weeks to several months. On occasion, there are chronic shortages within a particular profession which means that a more rapid processing time is possible. A quicker processing time may occur if recruitment is related to industries with severe labour shortages such as Information Technology.

In addition, the following documentation is required from the applicant

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • International English language testing score (IELTS)
  • Educational certificates (verifiable)
  • Clean police record
  • Medical assessment score
  • Mapping National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • Relevant experience
  • Validated pay slips
  • Proof of funds with bank statements and certificate
  • Passport and copies of any previous visas held
  • Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse etc
  • Ration card if applicable

How can Vazir Group help

There are numerous common pitfalls and mistakes made within LMIA applications. Incomplete forms, poor research, absent detail and sub-standard advertising are just a few.

Vazir can make this process a lot more seamless. We wholly believe that the LMIA process is more straightforward and primed for success when expert guidance is sought.

As a leading, reputable immigration consultancy with 20 years of expertise behind us, we offer a one-stop-shop that connects skilled candidates with employers.

We have helped hundreds of employers receive foreign workers via the LMIA process. With our vast knowledge within the industry, we are able to guide you through the process from start to finish to give you the greatest chance of success. We can answer any questions you might have, identify your recruitment niche and predict your chances of receiving a positive LMIA.

If you need assistance with LMIA facilitation, please get in touch with us today.


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