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Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is an important program which supports the Canadian economy by providing the quality professionals from international markets. This program is effective to support the local work force when there is no qualified worker in Canada to do a particular job.

If the employer wants to hire a foreign worker in Canada may need Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

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.

An employer need to submit Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to the Canadian government. The Canadian government employee reviewing the application must determine that the hiring of the foreign worker will have a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labour market.

The purpose of the LMIA program is to justify the hiring of foreign workers by demonstrating that there is no qualified Canadian worker available to do the job and there is a need for the foreign worker to fill the job that they are offering.

Also the foreign worker will be getting a salary and benefits that meet federal and provincial standards.

So in short, an LMIA confirms

  • there is a need for a temporary foreign worker
  • no Canadians or permanent residents are available to do the job

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) issues the LMIA

Various Programs Which Requires LMIA

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is intended to be used when you are facing short-term skills and labour shortages, and only when no Canadians and permanent residents are available.

To hire a temporary foreign worker, you may require a Labour Market Impact Assessment to determine if the hiring of a temporary foreign worker will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labour market.

  1. Hire a temporary foreign worker in a high-wage position
  2. Hire a temporary foreign worker in a low-wage position
  3. Hire a temporary worker through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
  4. Hire a temporary foreign worker through the Agricultural Stream

The Black Bear is a Canadian immigration consulting firm. we help people who wish to immigrate to Canada. Contact us regarding the LMIA employer requirements or any other LMIA related issue