Labour Market Impact Assessment



According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a paper that you, as an employer, need to submit and get approval for before you can hire a foreign worker. 


In the LMIA form, provide important information about the position, as well as about the number of Canadian workers that applied and were interviewed.  Furthermore, give a full explanation of why the Canadian applicants were not considered. The Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) performs the evaluation. This ensures that the employment will not create a negative impact on the Canadian labor market.


Before you apply for a LMIA, you have to know if you need one because not all programs that let you hire temporary foreign workers require it.


Accomplish and submit all the required documents, including the LMIA application form and the employment contract, to the Service Canada Centre (except when the position is located in Quebec). Make sure the papers you submit are only copies, keep the original documents. You may still need these in the future.


Please make sure your application is complete otherwise your paper won’t be processed.


We encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the LMIA application.

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