Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Are your 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 and/or permanent residency.

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 permanent residency and/or work permit.

Additionally, the Global Talent Stream offers timely, responsive and predictable client-focused service to help you access highly-skilled global talent to expand your workforce here in Canada and to be competitive on a global scale. 

Employers applying to the Global Talent Stream can expect:

  • faster processing of your Global Talent Stream applications with a service standard of 10-business days starting on the business day after the application has been received by Employment and Social Development Canada – this service standard is expected to be met 80% of the time

  • personalized, high-touch assistance throughout the assessment process, and

  • eligibility for your highly-skilled global talent workers to have their work permits processed in 2 weeks by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – this service standard is expected to be met 80% of the time

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

  • assess your qualifications for the LMIA Program.

  • provide your with a checklist of information and documents required in support of your application.

  • guide your 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.

Not sure which one you should get? Now, answer a few questions to find out if you may apply for the different types of work permit.

Service Fee

$CAN

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

1600 / person

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Owner Operator Application

8000 / person

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Owner Operator

Business Plan

3000 / person

*plus applicable tax for applicants in Canada

Third-Party Fees

$CAN

Government: LMIA Application Processing Fee

1,000 / applicant

Third-Party: Document translation, medical exam, certified translation and/or notarization (if applicable)

varies based on third-party service provider


Estimated Government Processing Time:

Application Stream

 Average Processing Time

Global Talent Stream

13 business days

Permanent residence LMIA

42 business days

High-wage LMIA

66 business days

Low-wage LMIA

65 business days