Do I need LMIA for my work permit?
Find out if you need an LMIA Most employers need an LMIA before they can hire a temporary foreign worker. Before you start the hiring process, you must determine if you need an LMIA. An LMIA confirms there is a need for a temporary foreign worker no Canadians or permanent residents are available to do the job
To see if you and the temporary foreign worker you want to hire are exempt from needing an LMIA or work permit, do one of the following: Review the LMIA exemption codes and work permit exemptions select the LMIA exemption or work permit code that seems most relevant to your hiring situation and read the detailed description If an exemption code applies to you, you’ll need to include it in your offer of employment or contact the International Mobility Workers Unit if you’re hiring a temporary foreign worker who is both, currently outside Canada, from a country whose nationals are visa-exempt"