Owner-Operator LMIA

The Owner-Operator LMIA is a variation of Labour Market Impact Assessment the most suitable for business owners. You would need to demonstrate majority ownership in the company to be successful. From April 1st, 2021, these applications are not exempt from advertisements requirements. With this type of LMIA, you can get a work permit to work in Canada and further develop your company. Your spouse may be eligible for an Open-Work Permit. The type of person who would be ideal for an owner-operator LMIA may have the following characteristics:

  • Owns min of 51% of a Canadian business
  • Has relevant business experience in the field, either a previous owner-operator or senior management experience working for another company 
  • The company has created at least one job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or more.
  • The business has to be active, with signed contracts, invoices and business licenses in place. 
  • There is no minimum investment amount other than as determined by the business plan. 
  • Owner-operators can start their own new company or purchase an existing one