What are Labour Market Impact Assessments?

Labour Market Impact Assessments are documents issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Labour Market Impact Assessments state whether or not hiring a foreign worker in a particular occupation will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labour market.

Who Needs Labour Market Impact Assessments?

The general rule is that in order to work in Canada, a foreign worker will need to obtain a valid job offer accompanied by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Work Permits backed by a LMIA are employer, location and occupation specific.

Challenges Involved in Obtaining an LMIA

It is impossible for Canadian employers to receive a positive LMIA until they have exhausted every option for finding or training workers in Canada. Sterling Immigration are experts in communicating the business challenges faced by Canadian employers to ESDC and securing positive LMIA’s. 

LMIA Exemptions

There are numerous situations where foreign workers can take up jobs in Canada without an employer having to receive an LMIA. The most common examples include:

  • Intra-Company Transfers (Executives and Managers),
  • University Professors, 
  • Researchers,
  • Religious Workers,
  • Working Holiday Visas,
  • Post-Graduate Work Permits, and
  • International Free Trade Agreements which detail a list of professional LMIA exempt occupations.

Business Immigration

If you have received a Letter of Support from a Business Incubator through the Canadian Startup Visa program you can apply for a work permit which is LMIA exempt while your Startup Visa application is still in process. If you own a majority share in a Canadian company you can apply for an LMIA exempt work permit to enable you to go to Canada and operate your business.