What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.

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 or permanent resident is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.

If the employer needs an LMIA, they must apply for one.

Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit.

To apply for a work permit, a worker needs

  1. job offer letter
  2. a contract
  3. a copy of the LMIA, and
  4. the LMIA number

High and low-wage positions

Hire a temporary foreign worker for a wide range of positions based on provincial/territorial median wage.

Primary agriculture positions

Hire a temporary foreign agricultural worker in occupations and activities related to primary agriculture.

Applications to support Permanent Residency

Hire a skilled temporary foreign worker to support their permanent residence through an immigration program.

Global Talent Stream

Hire uniquely skilled talent or in-demand workers in select jobs to scale up and grow your business.

Caregiver positions

Hire a foreign worker to care for children, seniors or persons with medical needs.

Academics positions

Hire a foreign academic at a degree-granting post-secondary educational institution in Canada.

Hiring in the province of Quebec

Hire temporary foreign workers for positions in Quebec via regular or facilitated processes.

Refusal to process applications

Reasons why the Temporary Foreign Worker Program refuses to process certain applications.

Employer voluntary disclosure of non-compliance

Voluntarily tell us about possible compliance issues before an inspection is launched.

Employer compliance obligations

How to comply with your obligations under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

List of non-compliant employers

Employers found to be non-compliant during an inspection.

Modification to a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment

Take appropriate steps to make a change to a positive LMIA.

Please refer to CIC website for any updated information. This is a very general information and may not include more details in this program.