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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).

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

  • Dual Intent (Express Entry)

  • 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.

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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.

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