A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), formerly known as Service Canada, which assesses whether hiring a foreign worker will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labor market. This assessment ensures that the employment of foreign workers does not displace opportunities for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Importance of LMIA
The LMIA process acts as a safeguard, balancing the interests of Canadian businesses with those seeking work opportunities in Canada. It ensures that foreigners are employed only when there are no suitable Canadian candidates available for the position.
Our proficient immigration lawyers specialize in providing comprehensive guidance throughout the LMIA process. Whether you are an employer seeking foreign talent or a foreign worker pursuing employment opportunities in Canada, we can assist you with:
- Initial Eligibility Assessment: Determining your eligibility and understanding the requirements involved in procuring an LMIA
- Application Preparation: Assisting employers in collecting documentary evidence, completing necessary forms accurately, and fulfilling obligations related to advertising and recruitment efforts
- Strategic Planning: Through careful analysis of your unique circumstances, we develop effective strategies to address potential hurdles that may arise during the LMIA application process
- Compliance Assistance: Ensuring that all parties comply with ongoing employer obligations as outlined by Service Canada and maintaining records essential for future compliance audits