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Canada Announces Updates on LMIA Processing Times 2023

Robert Cannon



LMIA Processing Times

In the latest news, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has recently changed the process of Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA processing times. The ripple effect of this transformation is set to redefine the way Canadian employers navigate the international hiring process. Let’s delve into the details of these updates and what they mean for both employers and prospective foreign workers.

ESDC’s LMIA Processing Times 2023 Update

As of November 7, 2023, ESDC has unveiled a comprehensive overhaul of LMIA processing times across various categories. The latest insights from processing offices highlight significant shifts, with the most notable change occurring in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, as well as the High-wage and Low-wage streams.

New Processing Timelines

Here’s a glimpse into the updated LMIA processing times at Canadian centers, offering a snapshot of the timeframes from application submission to decision letter issuance:

Global Talent Stream – 9 business days

Agricultural Stream – 11 business days


Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 8 business days (+2 days)

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Permanent Residence Stream – 57 business days (-1 day)

In-home Caregivers – 20 business days (-5 days)

High-wage Stream – 44 business days (+4 days)

Low-wage Stream – 49 business days (+4 days)


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These updated processing times showcase Canada’s dedication to a more agile and responsive immigration system, facilitating the integration of international talent into the workforce.

What is LMIA?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is the golden key for Canadian employers seeking to hire international talent. It serves as a confirmation letter, verifying the necessity for a foreign employee and the unavailability of suitable Canadian candidates. The LMIA process is a crucial step, as it opens the door for foreign workers to apply for a work permit.

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Welcome to the LMIA Online Portal

Navigating the LMIA landscape has never been easier, thanks to the user-friendly LMIA Online Portal. This secure system empowers Canadian employers and their agents to submit applications seamlessly. With a Job Bank account, users enjoy the flexibility to apply, edit submissions, upload documents, make payments, and track application status. The portal, accessible to both employers and agents with a Job Bank account, offers real-time updates and serves as a one-stop hub for correspondence and past submissions.

As the curtain rises on this new era of LMIA processing, Canadian employers find themselves at the forefront of a dynamic and streamlined system. The updated processing times, coupled with the efficiency of the LMIA Online Portal, promise to revolutionize international hiring. Stay ahead of the curve, embrace the changes, and unlock a world of opportunities for both employers and foreign workers in the Great White North.


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