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Labour Market Impact Assessment based work permits
- The Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) is part of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (“TFWP”) which is managed by Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”). In order to obtain an LMIA an employer must satisfy ESDC that there is no Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident who is able and willing to fill the position that the employer is offering.
- LMIAs are currently divided into different streams based on the skill and wage level needed to fill the vacant position.
- The LMIA generally requires a recruitment campaign, and the entire process can be quite lengthy. There are also significant compliance obligations placed employers who use this program to bring in foreign workers.