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Labour Market Impact Assessment

The foreign nationals who want to work and live in Canada on a temporary basis are required to have a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). While many immigration and work-related programs do not require an LMIA, however, the streams that fall under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) along with other immigration programs that benefit the candidate to claim points for having a job in Canada require an LMIA.

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is given by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to evaluate the effect of hiring foreign nationals in Canada. This assessment ensures that hiring a highly-skilled foreign national workforce elevates the quality of Canada and supports labor market.

A positive LMIA displays that the employer was unable to fill a particular job locally, thus requiring a skilled foreign national employee. While a negative LMIA confirms the availability of sufficient Canadian residents who are eligible to fill the vacant job position.

An LMIA can be exempted when a Canadian employer is not required to have an LMIA while hiring a foreign worker. It happens mostly under the International Mobility Program. This program helps the hiring of foreign workers in the country without LMIA under various programs.

The Work Programs that Do Not Require LMIA are:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
  • International Experience Canada (IEC)
  • Inland Spousal or Common-law Sponsorship Program
  • Bridging Open Work Permit

Other Streams & Programs that Do Not Require LMIA are:

  • Global Talent Stream
  • International Agreements:North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada-Chile FTA/Canada-Peru FTA/Canada-Columbia FTA/Canada-Korea FTA/, Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and General Agreement On Trade in Services.
  • Canada Interest Exemptions Category programs
  • Intra-Company Transfers
  • Humanitarian and Compassionate LMIA-Exemptions
  • Facilitated LMIA – Quebec

If you too are planning to apply for a Canada work permit without LMIA, then must connect with our Immigration consultants. Our consultants know extensive details of each & every program and can assist you in selecting and applying for the most suitable Canadian work program for you.