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LMIA - Establish a New Business

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This program is for applicants who have the intention to establish a Canadian Business and be the employer to themselves.


Are you hiring a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW)? A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.


A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job. Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit only.


The wage being offered for the position will determine if you need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Stream for High-wage Positions or the Stream for Low-wage Positions, each with their own requirements.


If you are offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker that is:

Employers must also conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to foreign workers.


  • The employer MUST pay the Government Application Processing Fee related to any LMIA / GTS application, which does not apply if the purpose of LMIA/GTS is only to support a Work Permit Application.
  • Each application allows the employer to hire one foreign worker.

Services provided by SuperVisas and its Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs):

  • assess your qualifications for the Labour Market Impact Assessment and/or the Global Talent Stream Program.
  • provide your with a checklist of information and documents required in support of your application.
  • guide you through the process of obtaining required documents such as medical and security clearances.
  • complete the application forms to ensure that they best show your qualifications.
  • review your application package including application forms, supporting documents and Canadian Government processing fees.
  • guide, provide editing comments with regard to your application.
  • submit your complete application package to the Canadian government.
  • communicate any government request to you and assist you in responding to any government request.
  • communicate the result of your application from the government.

Service FeeAmount (per person)
LMIA - Establish a New Business$1600 CAD
Government FeesAmount (per person)
Regular LMIA Work Permit Fee$1000 CAD
Secondary FeesAmount (per person)
Translation and Notarization Fees$0 CAD
Application StreamAverage Processing Time
LMIA - Establish a New Business66 Business Days