LMIA Work Permit Confirmation

A foreign national usually needs his/her Employer to obtain an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) from ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) in order to work in Canada unless they are work permit exempted or are eligible for an open work permit.

ESDC/Service Canada ensures that job opportunities are protected for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. Canadian employers can hire foreign workers when it will not negatively affect employment of Canadians and Permanent Residents, or when there are significant benefits to the recruitment of a foreign worker.

There are certain guidelines that ESDC follow in the process of approving Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker. The employer must demonstrate that:

ESDC and CIC have developed a facilitated processing for IT specialists in high demand occupations. Under the facilitated processing, ESDC has issued national confirmations for various IT occupations. Contact our office if you an IT specialist.

Regional List of Occupations Under Pressure

Employers wishing to hire foreign workers for occupations that appear on a Regional Occupation List will only be required to conduct minimum advertising efforts. Employers are only required to advertise on the Government of Canada's national Job Bank (or the equivalent in Saskatchewan, Quebec or Northwest Territories) for 7 calendar days or demonstrate that they have on-going, recruitment mechanisms in place (using recognized job internet sites, unions, professional associations, corporate web site, professional journals, newspapers, newsletters). For low skilled positions (skill level C or D under the National Classification System), employers need to advertise on Job Bank and demonstrate they have on-going, recruitment mechanisms in place.

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Expedited LMIA Process

ESDC has implemented an expedited LMIA process for 12 specific occupations. The LMIA is in effect in Ontario,Alberta and British Columbia. Eligible employers who agree to meet the program requirements will receive LMIA's requested within three to five working days.

The LMIA will effect the following occupations:

The E-LMIA is a two way process.1) Employer applies to service Canada to become eligible 2) If approved, Service Canada expedites all regular requests from that employer for LMIA applications.

To become eligible to participate in the pilot project, employers will be required to confirm that: