Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is an official document verified and issued by the Canadian government under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). A positive LMIA also called a confirmation letter, says that the country is running out of skilled workers for specific occupations and it needs Labour from outside the country. It is issued to Canadian employers on submitting the Labour market impact assessment application form. It provides legal rights to employers in Canada to hire skilled workers from other countries.
The objective of implementing the concept of LMIA is to be fair with the natives and provide them the preference to get selected for the unfilled positions. The document proves that employers need a more skilled workforce for a particular vacancy in Canada. It restricts Canadian employers from giving favors to foreigners on a work basis. There is also a strict and step-by-step procedure that the officials follow to ensure the application for LMIA is genuine and can be approved to get Labour from non-native countries. The LMIA also ensures that there will be no impact on the Canadian Labour market by bringing Labour outside the nation.
The process of approving the LMIA request can be categorized in two ways that are low-wage and high-wage workers. Employees paid under the limit of provincial/territorial median wage fall in the category of low-wage employees, and those paid at or above the limit come into the high-wage employees’ category.
In both categories, employers need to prove that they have done enough searches for deserving candidates but ended with no recruitment. Along with it, some more restrictions also apply to ensure no employer is partial to foreign workers. These conditions are also based on categories illustrated below.
Conditions apply to High-wages workers: Employers need to put the LMIA application along with a transition scheme to allow candidates to enter the country on a work permit. The transition scheme/plan ensures that the LMIA applicants have taken the necessary steps to generate skilled workers in the country through a training program or hiring of freshers temporarily. A valid proof is required to submit verifying your activities for the transition plan.
Conditions apply to Low-wages workers: Employers looking to hire low-wage workers under labour market impact assessment don’t need to submit transition plan. They need to put in the application. But they also need to agree to some restrictions the Government of Canada sets. It restricts employers with ten or more employees to employ only 20% of low-wage foreign workers of total workforce strength.
Median hourly wages effective May 11, 2020 (2019 Wage)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Foreign workers paid under the provincial/territorial median hourly wage limit are provided some benefits listed here.
Most employers who want to hire a foreign worker to run their occupation or business need LMIA. But there might be a case when employers or workers don’t need the document. To check your eligibility for labour market impact assessment
Here are few categories for which employers need to apply for the application
An employer could present an LMIA application as early as six months before the actual start date of the job. The wage of the person being employed affects the application process. Employers must review the median hourly wages of their state or territory in order to determine whether their position is considered high-wage or low-wage, as low-wage positions will need the employer to meet additional criteria.
The labour market impact assessment online application portal provided by the TFWP provides a secure, easy, and reliable way of applying electronically. Once you create the account on the portal, you can access the following features.
As per the IRCC website information, the processing time is tabulated below
Average processing time
Global Talent Stream
10 business days
19 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
14 business days
Permanent residence stream
20 business days
25 business days
31 business days
35 business days
Once the employers get the positive LMIA document, they must provide a copy of confirmation to the recruited foreign worker. Only then the selected candidate for the job will be able to proceed with applying for a work permit.
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