Processing times for LMO applications made to Service Canada's B.C. and Alberta offices have improved dramatically over the last number of months. This is good news for employers seeking to hire foreign workers in B.C. and Alberta. In many situations, an employer needs to obtain an LMO from Service Canada before being able to obtain a work permit when hiring a foreign national.

Not that long ago, LMO processing times in B.C. and Alberta could be measured in months, which was far too long for employers needing skilled foreign workers to address labour shortages. LMO processing times in those two provinces have been decreasing, and may now be measured in weeks.