Labour Market Impact Assessment
(LMIA) applications

LMIA applicants require approval by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). We specialize in that process, starting from posting and running advertisements following strict Service Canada standards, preparing the submission of LMIA applications, and filling subsequent work permit applications. LMIA is a verification process whereby ESDC assesses an offer of employment to ensure that the employment of a foreign worker will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labor market. With LMIA applications, employers will be required to provide various business documents and information about the position they want to hire a foreign worker. In most cases, they would need to advertise during a specific period of time following strict ESDC police. 

There are multiple types of LMIA such as: 

  • High-wage or Low-wage LMIA
  • LMIA for Agricultural Worker
  • Dual Intent LMIA (PR LMIA)
  • LMIA for Caregiver
  • Temporary Foreign Academic
  • Temporary Foreign worker through Global Talent Stream                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Requirements of the LMIA program:                                                    
  • Processing fee: there is a mandatory $1,000 Government processing fee per application. This fee does not apply only to employers choosing to support a foreign national’s application for a permanent resident visa only.                            
  • Language requirements: French or English language are the only languages that can be identified as a job requirements                       
  • Business legitimacy: this is an essential part of the application. Employers must prove that they will fulfill the terms of the employment offer. The most common documents used for this are T2 Schedule 100 Balance sheet information and T2 Schedule 125 Income Statement information. An Attestation letter can be used to supplement these It can be drafted by a Lawyer or CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant)Employers must also submit proof of providing goods or services. The most common documents used for this part are Business Licence, T4 Summary of remuneration paid and PD7A statement of account. Employers may use an attestation letter here as well.               
  • One year in business (for PR LMIA only): Proof that the business has been operational for one year. Unlike other LMIA streams, this is a must for this type of application.
  • Prevailing wage: advertised rate of pay and offered rate of pay needs to be at least the median rate of pay for that occupation and that region of Canada or in the wage range paid to Canadians and Permanent Residents, whichever is higher. To determine the median rate of pay, we use Job Bank: Search wages – Job Bank
  • Advertisement: there are various websites that we use in practice. Service Canada doesn’t have a specific list of advertisement platforms or recommend particular names. This is one of the areas where we use our experience and knowledge. In addition, there are different platforms recommended following the rate of pay offered. There are Recruitment and advertisement standards for positions where the pay rate is higher or lower than the median rate of pay for the province. Advertisements need to be active for 28 consecutive days.
 

For more information, please contact us.

Premier Visa and Immigration Services assists Canadian businesses in selecting and recruiting excellent Temporary Foreign Workers. We use various Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) pathways and LMIA exempt applications following the unique business needs of our clients.

We work with companies in multiple fields: hospitality, transportation, IT, farming, cleaning, retail, and more. With more than 50 years of combined professional experience in this field, our team is in a unique position to assist you!

We have 2 Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants in our team and we are fully licenced to recruit Temporary Foreign Workers in the Provence of British Columbia (IS-0009115). In addition our company is an authorized national and international Employment Agency operating under License #35422 issued under authority of the Government of Alberta.

As an employer, you will need to prove that your business is legal and is offering goods and services in Canada. In addition, the business needs to be in good financial standing and maintain all employment obligations for the entirety of the period of employment. There are some documents that Service Canada wants to see once you start using the Temporary Foreign Worker program (TFW) such as T2 Schedule 100 & 125, Business Licence, PD7A, and T4 Summary. We will also ask you to fill in a brief questionnaire.

Job Bank is Canada’s national employment service and website where you need to register in order to post your advertisement. We will send you full instructions on what is necessary to create your profile and how to add us as a third party so we can post on your behalf. We will save you time by posting advertisements in accordance with your direction, performing job matching and re-posting on our platforms.

The minimum length is 28 days. In addition, a minimum of 1 platform needs to be active at the time of LMIA processing. Our goal is to have all 4 platforms we use in the process, active and up to date.

The processing time is from 1 – 2 months depending on the stream. Always start the recruitment process well in advance so you don’t have to struggle with your staffing. The official and the current processing time is here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/labour-market-impact-assessment-processing-times.html

Your employee can apply for the work permit application. If we are processing an employee that retained our services, we would start the process well in advance- we don’t waist any time. Our goal is to start preparing applicants for this step during the LMIA process. Once LMIA gets approved, we usually file a work permit the same week. After this step, there is a wait time from 2-6 months depending on the country of residency. Visa-free applicants can apply at the port of entry on the same day. Current processing times are here:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html

Temporary Foreign workers have the same rights and responsibilities as Canadians and PRs. You need to provide the same working conditions such as holiday pay, overtime, etc to all employees equally. During the process, you will sign an employment contract stating the most important obligations but almost all of them are as per your provincial labor standards. For all TFWs under the Low-wage LMIA stream, you will need to pay the transportation cost. You will need to purchase private health insurance for all TFWs until provincial insurance becomes available.