Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Before commencing work in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), foreign nationals must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and a temporary work permit. The LMIA is a crucial document demonstrating to Canadian authorities that hiring a foreign worker will either have a positive or neutral effect on the local labor market. Essentially, it serves as evidence that employing a foreign worker will not adversely impact Canadian job opportunities. This assessment evaluates factors such as the job market's need for the specific skills the foreign worker possesses, ensuring that the employment of foreign nationals does not undermine opportunities for Canadian workers. By obtaining an LMIA, employers demonstrate their commitment to upholding Canadian labor standards and contributing positively to the nation's economy while addressing genuine labor shortages within their organizations.