Find Skilled Workers and Support their Permanent Residency with Labor Market Impact Assessment

A Labor Market Impact Assessment, or simply LMIA, refers to a document that employers in Canada may require to hire a foreign worker.

A positive Labor Market Impact Assessment reveals that a particular job requires a foreign worker. It also shows that no permanent resident or Canadian employee is available to fill the position. A positive Labor Market Impact Assessment is also known as a confirmation letter.

Which Employer is Eligible for a Labor Market Impact Assessment?

In most cases, an employer’s eligibility for LMIA depends on a stream. Employers are required to be in business for at least one year if they want to apply for LMIA to support permanent residency.

Apart from that, to be eligible for an LMIA, employers are required to:

  • Pay an adequate salary to a foreign worker
  • Have a legitimate business
  • Have a genuine need for hiring a foreign worker
  • Provide goods/services to the public
  • Should not have laid-off employees in the past 12-months

Keep in mind that you’ll have to prove these LMIA requirements with the help of supporting documents.

How Can You Apply for an LMIA?

Employers may apply for an LMIA by following these three steps:

  • Apply through LMIA’s online portal with a valid Job Bank account
  • Complete the application
  • Submit it alongside required documentation via mail or fax

When Do Employers Not Need an LMIA?

Employers require an LMIA in most cases to support your job offer and secure an Express Entry. However, your employer won’t need an LMIA if:

  • You have been working full-time or an equal amount of part-time work on your permit for up to 1 year
  • You have a valid work permit exempted from LMIA under the ‘Canadian Interests,’ ‘an International Agreement,’ or ‘a Federal-Provincial Agreement.’
  • You boast a valid job offer