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Five things you need to know about Labour Market Impact Assessments

May 20, 2024

Some foreign workers in Canada require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to work in Canada, while others are LMIA-exempt.

An LMIA is a document that some employers in Canada need before hiring a temporary foreign worker. This document must be obtained before the foreign national applies for their work permit. It verifies that a foreign worker will have either a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labour market.

Note: LMIA-exempt jobs do not require this document for an employer to support a foreign national’s work permit application.

After the recent announcement that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be reducing Canada’s temporary resident population over the next three years, many foreign nationals who want to work in Canada may be trying to accelerate their journey to Canada.

Accordingly, this article will guide readers through the answers to five common questions that many foreign workers have about LMIAs.