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Labour Market Impact Assessment – Canada

When do you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)? Your Filipino Immigration Lawyer in Toronto can help you understand what this popular concept among people who would like to start their migration process in Canada is all about. If you have a job offer in Canada, and you need to have a work permit, LMIA is one of the best routes to take. However, not all types of work need LMIA. You will need LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Service Canada in certain circumstances.


What does LMIA stand for? Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get from the Government before hiring a foreign worker.

Do you need LMIA?

Before you start the hiring process, you must first determine if you need an LMIA.

To see if you and the temporary foreign worker you want to hire are exempt from needing a LMIA or work permit, you must do one of the following:


  • review the LMIA exemption codes and work permit exemptions.
  • select the LMIA exemption or work permit code that seems most relevant to your hiring situation and read the detailed description
  • if an exemption code applies to you, you will need to include it in your offer of employment, or
  • contact the International Mobility Workers Unit (IMWU)

This is available only if you are hiring a temporary foreign worker who is both

  • currently outside Canada
  • from a country whose nationals are visa-exempt

A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a “Confirmation letter.” If the employer needs LMIA, they must apply for one.

How to get LMIA

You will need LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The LMIA application process depends on the type of program you are hiring through. In order to obtain an LMIA, employers must advertise the position for at least four (4) weeks and potentially interview candidates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The employer is required to provide a numerical breakdown of the following:


  • number of Canadian applicants for the position,
  • the number of offers of employment made, and
  • the number of unqualified applicants.
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Employers must also provide a written description of why each Canadian who was not hired was not qualified for the job.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) lets you hire temporary foreign workers to fill labour and skill shortages. Once a LMIA has been issued, you should provide a copy of the confirmation letter to each temporary foreign worker and tell each of them to apply for a work permit.

At AJ Law LLP, our Filipino Lawyer handles different immigration concerns. If you believe that you might be eligible, please feel free to get in touch with our Angeles & de Jesus Law LLP or AJ LAW LLP team at 160 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 406, Toronto, ON, or via phone at +1 (416) 409-5991 or email us at [email protected] for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. You can also visit our website https://www.ajlawpartners.ca/ for more information about the services we offer.

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Employers must also provide a written description of why each Canadian who was not hired was not qualified for the job.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) lets you hire temporary foreign workers to fill labour and skill shortages. Once a LMIA has been issued, you should provide a copy of the confirmation letter to each temporary foreign worker and tell each of them to apply for a work permit.

At AJ Law LLP, our Filipino Lawyer handles different immigration concerns. If you believe that you might be eligible, please feel free to get in touch with our Angeles & de Jesus Law LLP or AJ LAW LLP team at 160 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 406, Toronto, ON, or via phone at +1 (416) 409-5991 or email us at [email protected] for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. You can also visit our website https://www.ajlawpartners.ca/ for more information about the services we offer.