Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)

To hire a temporary foreign worker in Canada, it is usually necessary for an employer to first advertise the position to ensure that there is no qualified person available in Canada to do the job. Once the advertising is complete, the employer must apply to Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to allow for the hiring of a temporary foreign worker. Once a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is obtained from ESDC, a temporary foreign worker with a job offer from the eligible Canadian employer may apply for a work permit.

Recent changes implemented by Canada’s Federal Government have made the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application process more complex and time-consuming. Furthermore, compliance measures have been made more onerous. The potential consequences for an employer of breaching the compliance obligations are serious.

An experienced Canadian immigration lawyer can assist employers in understanding their obligations, completing the application process, and ensuring ongoing compliance. Our team has expertise in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.



Foreign Worker Recruitment, Technology Company – June 2014

We are a start-up technology company based in Ottawa.  Recruiting specialized foreign workers, and bringing them to Canada quickly, is critical to our success.  Warren and his team have done remarkable work to guide us through the process numerous times, and to make sure that our business plans are on track with visitor visas and work permits.  The Canadian government has plenty of immigration rules and policies which Warren and his team are very familiar with.  Because of their expertise and focus on client-driven results, I strongly recommend them to any technology company.

–          Des Hickey
VP Finance
Solantro Semiconductor Corp.



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