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Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Are you an employer in Canada who is looking to hire a foreign worker? If so, you will need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before you can hire the worker.

An LMIA is a document that assesses the impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labour market. If the LMIA is positive, it means that the employer has demonstrated that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is available and qualified to do the job.

The LMIA application process can be complex, but it is important to follow the correct procedures to ensure that the application is successful.

Here are some things you need to know about the LMIA process in Canada:

Who needs an LMIA?

Not all employers need an LMIA to hire a foreign worker. Some occupations are exempt from the LMIA requirement, such as certain agricultural workers and certain live-in caregivers.

How to get an LMIA?

To get an LMIA, the employer must complete an application form and provide information about the job, the foreign worker, and the employer’s business. The application fee is $1,000 per worker.

What happens if the LMIA is approved?

If the LMIA is approved, the foreign worker can apply for a work permit. The work permit will allow the foreign worker to work in Canada for the specified period of time.

How much does an LMIA cost?

The application fee for an LMIA is $1,000 per worker.

If you are an employer in Canada who is looking to hire a foreign worker, it is important to understand the LMIA process. By following the correct procedures, you can ensure that your application is successful and that you can hire the foreign worker you need.

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Contact us today for more information about the LMIA process in Canada. We can help you with every step of the application process, from completing the application form to submitting the required documentation.

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New rules for LMIA Canada 2023

In 2023, there are some new rules for LMIAs in Canada. These rules include:

  • Jobs are now classified as high-wage or low-wage. A high-wage job is one where the salary meets or exceeds the median wage in the province where the job will be performed. A low-wage job is one where the salary is below the median wage.
  • The application fee for LMIA requests is now $1,000 per worker, an increase from the $275 per worker fee for LMOs.
  • The processing time for LMIA applications has been reduced to 10 business days for high-wage jobs and 20 business days for low-wage jobs.


  • Hire the foreign worker you need to fill your labour shortage.
  • Demonstrate to your employees that you are committed to hiring Canadians first.
  • Comply with Canadian immigration law.

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