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Labour Market
Impact Assessment

For more information on specific LMIA streams:

What is an LMIA?

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. Before you can hire a temporary worker for a Canadian job, in most cases you must apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA is the document issued by the Government of Canada, approving a Canadian employer to hire one or multiple temporary foreign workers (TFW).


The LMIA will confirm there is a need for a temporary foreign worker and there are no Canadians or permanent residents available to do the job.  Canadian employers are only approved to hire a foreign worker to fill a vacant position if they make a genuine effort to fill the position with a permanent resident or Canadian citizen first. 

Types of LMIAs

There are many LMIA streams within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Requirements for the programs and LMIA process vary according to the individual stream. 

Streams include:

  • High and Low Wage Streams

  • Caregivers

  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)

  • Agriculture

Temporary policy: In September 2023, Service Canada is introducing a new pilot program, Recognized Employer Pilot(REP), making it easier for employers to hire foreign labour. Employers who become recognized will gain access to LMA validity periods of up to 36 months, and, if required, simplified LMIA applications to hire additional workers in future.

What we offer

We provide a comprehensive service to manage the extensive paperwork required to prepare and submit an LMIA so your company can meet its labour needs. It is more important than ever to deal with a service that has both the expertise and experience to help you quickly and efficiently hire the right people for your business.

We will initiate and maintain the required advertising; screen local applicants applying for the position; prepare and submit your LMIA submission to Service Canada; ensure you are aware of all the employer obligations under the TFW Program; assist in the interviewing and hiring process of future worker(s); provide on-going consultation through-out the process through email, phone or in-person.

The Foreign Worker Recruitment Process:

Job Advertisement


1. Post position on National Job Bank and 2 additional methods

2. One additional method of recruitment must target underrepresented groups

3. Must advertise continuously for 14 or 28 days in the 90 days prior to LMIA submission

4. Wage offered must be consistent with ongoing median wage rates (Refer Job Bank)

5. Satisfy recruitment efforts

6. Prepare and submit LMIA

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