Labour Market Impact Assessment

LMIA (former LMO) Labour Market Impact Assessment and Work Permits for hiring Foreign Workers

Canada has thousands of foreign workers and more than 90,000 obtain this visa to work temporarily in Canada every year.  Unlike other firms who give a price range and then add fees for “extra services” we state our price for services right up front. We also state clearly and without a doubt our guarantee to every one of our clients.

If you fill in the forms with answers that are honest and complete and do not hide anything from us such as having a criminal record we GAURANTEE that you will receive your visa or all the funds you have paid for our services will be refunded in full. This goes for payments made for college enrollment, visa applications, citizen paperwork, etc. You get what you pay for or you get your money back. That simple.

These are our fees for the various LMIA papers:

  • LMIA Labour Market Impact Assessment for Express Entry  Permanent Residence Process [ price $2,240.00 ]
  • LMIA / LMOs Labour Market Impact Assessment for Work Permits  [ price $2,240]
  • LMIA / LMOs (Labour Market Opinion Applications live-in caregivers | nannies ) [ price $1,790.00 ]
  • Work Permits and Visas, Extensions or change of conditions [ price $799.00]
  • Package LMIA / LMOs + Work Permits inside or outside Canada (Please call or email for your quote)
  • Call for your quote if you have more than one employee that you need papers prepared for.

About the LMIA Process:

The Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA  (former Labour Market Opinion (LMO) ) is a report issued by Employment and Social Development Canada that outlines the impact that hiring a foreign worker would have on Canada’s labour market. Employers need to obtain this assessment in order to hire foreign workers. This is the employers responsibility. It is NOT the workers problem. Those who want to come apply for a work permit. The company that invites the foreign worker is the one who applies for and needs to obtain the LMIA. If the assessment is positive, a report outlining the conditions of the job being offered by the employer, the names of the employees, and also the expiry date of the LMIA will be listed in the document issued by ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada).

Once a positive LMIA has been issued, it must be forwarded to the employees abroad to enable them to obtain a visa and/or a work permit that will allow them entry to the country with the rights and obligations of any other worker. If the worker is already in Canada, a work permit renewal application must be submitted. CiCImmigration can also handle the processing of the work permit and visas for the workers abroad or the work permit extensions inside Canada.

Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have made it more difficult for employers to obtain a positive LMIA. We strongly recommend hiring the services of an expert. We have successfully processed hundreds of applications. We have a specialized team that only deals with Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA). Service Canada receives thousands of applications per year which they accept or refuse depending on different circumstances. Service Canada will check if:

  • The number of foreign workers in your company are within the cap established by the government.
  • The job offer and the company are genuine.
  • The wages and working conditions are in line with those offered to Canadians (NOC wages).
  • Employers conducted reasonable efforts to hire or train Canadians for the job.
  • The foreign worker is filling a labour shortage OR if hiring a foreign worker will directly create new job opportunities or help to retain jobs for Canadians OR the foreign worker will transfer new skills and knowledge to Canadians.
  • This hiring will not affect a labour dispute or the employment of any Canadian worker involved in such a dispute.

There are also situations where pre-approvals are requested.  Where Canadian employers have already searched and found no one willing, capable, and/or trained that can do the work safely and efficiently. A pre-approval allows the employer to recruit foreign workers with the security that once suitable foreign workers have been recruited, positive Labour Market Impact Assessments will be issued.

Finally, there are some pilot projects and special programs that are in effect for most provinces.  These vary in conditions and requirements according to the specific needs of each province.

Many programs or pilot projects have been launched to facilitate the processing of Labour Market Impact Assessments throughout the country such as:

  • Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers for Occupations Under Pressure;
  • Live-in Caregiver Program;
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP);
  • Employment of International Students Graduating from Recognized Post-Secondary Institutions;
  • Hiring Foreign Information Technology Specialists;

We will gladly provide you with a free assessment of your particular case and tell you the possible venues in which you can obtain a positive (Labour Market Impact Assessment) LMIA. Please contact us and we will gladly help you understand more clearly how we can handle your particular case.