LMIA Based Work Permits

Generally, foreign workers and employers should go through a two-step process in order to receive a Canadian work permit. First, the employer must submit an application to ESDC for a Labor Market Impact Assessment, followed by a second application by the worker to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the actual work permit. The LMIA is issued by ESDC who, after considering numerous protective labour market factors, authorizes the Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker.

ESDC is dedicated to a 10 business day service standard for certain LMIA applications.  The 10 day processing is available for high-demand jobs and jobs with a short duration of work permit. The following categories require an LMIA:


  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Owner/Operator LMIA


Who is eligible for LMIA?

Employers meeting these requirements are eligible for LMIA: Has a legal business. Serves the public with goods and services Capable of paying a wage to a foreign worker. Needs a foreign worker Hasn’t laid-off workers in the past year.

Is LMIA required for a work permit?

A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is usually required when applying for Canadian work permits. Even though it is usually needed, a Canadian employer doesn’t have to get it in order to hire a temporary foreign worker because there are other kinds of Canadian work permits that don’t need LMIA.

Is it easy to get LMIA in Canada?

Yes, it is definitely not easy to get an LMIA in Canada, but not impossible. However, if your organization can demonstrate that they cannot find a Canadian to fill the position, the LMIA may be accepted. Verify that your employer strictly follows the LMIA advertising requirements.

How much does LMIA cost in Canada?

The cost of processing an LMIA application is $1,000 for each post requested.

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