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Labour Market Impact Assessment

LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment)

The LMIA is issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It requires showing that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill a local job. To get a positive LMIA, it is important to fill the application accurately and effectively with the right process. A small detail or omission in an LMIA application can cause a negative decision and subsequently refusals or delays.

LMIA is followed by a work permit which is an employer-specific. A work permit is an authorization
granted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows a Foreign National to work
legally in Canada.

Some of the work permits are LMIA-exempt. Those occupations include:

  • Guest lecturers

  • Visiting professors

  • Religious Workers

  • Post-doctoral fellows

  • Research award recipients

  • Eminent individuals (e.g., leaders in various fields)

  • Intra-Company Transfers

  • Self-Employed Persons

  • Spouses/Common-Law partners or dependents of Workers or Students (not in all cases, conditions apply)

  • Permanent Resident Applicants under special Categories

  • Humanitarian applicants under specific Categories

Note: Being exempt from the LMIA requirement does not mean you are exempt from a work permit.  All categories on the LMIA exemption list still require the individual to obtain a work permit to legally working Canada.

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