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How to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

Peter Fey



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The sole purpose of a Labour Market Impact Assessment is to ensure that hiring an international worker will be beneficial for the Canadian labour force. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is a pathway that the federal government supplements when there is a shortage of qualified workers in Canada to do the job. If you looking to employ a foreign worker, then you may need to submit an LMIA. The application will be thoroughly reviewed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and officers are required to state that no qualified Canadian is being ignored to hire an international worker. The employer will also be required to prove the attempts they have made to find qualified Canadian to fill the position. Moreover, the employer must provide salaries and benefits according to provincial and federal standards. Each LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) will cost around $1000 CAD per position.

It is essential for an employer to must advertise the job Vacancy for at least a month before applying for LMIA. The federal government also requires employers to prove that they have used at least two recruitment methods along with posting an advertisement on the Canada job bank. The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process completely depends upon whether an international worker is categorized as High Wage or Low Wage. In case, the employee is being paid under the provincial standards then they are considered a low wage, and if they are compensated at or above the median, they are measured as high wage.

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High Wage Worker

If the employer is looking to hire a high-wage worker, then one is required to submit transition plans with the LMIA. A transition plan will make sure that the employer is taking the necessary steps to restrict foreign workers over time.

Low Wage Worker

If you are looking to hire low wage worker, then you’re not required to submit transition plans along with the LMIA. In fact, the Canadian government has applied a cap on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers a business can employ to reduce access to TFWP.

Global Talent Stream

This stream is an integral part of the TFWP and is created to assist Canadian employers to accelerate the employment of international tech talent. The processing time of the application takes about 10 business days from the day after the application is received by ESDC and the work permit can be processed within two weeks by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


Facilitated LMIAs

This Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) helps employers in Quebec to address labour shortages by hiring foreign workers. Under this process, occupations are listed with proven labour shortages, so Quebec employers are not required to advertise job positions or offer evidence of recruitment efforts.

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