Labour Market Impact Assessment
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What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (or LMIA for short), is a document that confirms that there is no Canadian or Permanent resident available to do a job and therefore a foreign worker is needed.
To receive LMIA, the employer must show that s/he has taken reasonable efforts to find qualified Canadian workers to fill the position, however has not been able to do so. This includes evidence of job advertisement, interview records with substantiation why this candidate is not a good fit.
LMIA is issued by the Ministry of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) through the ESDC by conducting on-site inspections on behalf of the IRCC.
A positive LMIA means that the employee has been able to prove to the authorities that a foreign worker is needed, and as a next step employee can apply for a work permit.
LMIA Application Process
The LMIA process starts with checking whether you are exempt or not. Some occupation codes are exempt from LMIA, and you might be able to hire a temporary worker without having to apply for LMIA. Therefore, we recommend that you refer to the exemption codes first.
Once the need for LMIA has been determined, you are free to initiate the process.
This application process is two-fold: the employer submits an application to ESDC and the employee applies for a work permit when positive decision on LMIA is rendered.The application is submitted via the LMIA application portal or via e-mail to specific office.
LMIA Edmonton: Employer Requirements
To be able to apply for an LMIA in Edmonton, employers must prove they are actively conducting business.
In addition, employer must also meet the following requirements:
- Employer must be actively engaged in business: must have a legal status and must have active operations, providing goods and services
- Must have a physical location in Edmonton, where the employee will work and must be able to provide stable employment for the period requested.
- The company must not be sex-industry related, in the non-compliance list or in default of a non-compliance financial penalty
- Must prove that s/he has taken reasonable efforts to hire Canadian citizens/Permanent residents by showing advertising and interview records. Must also substantiate why other candidates cannot be hired after the interviews.
- The job must not be on the list of low wage positions, be located in a region with 6%+ unemployment rate, certain food & retail positions or above a certain cap.
- Cooperate with an on-site inspection if required
- Must pay the employee not less than prevailing wage on the Offer of Employment
- Any deductions must be agreed on in the Offer of Employment
- Any changes that negatively affect the employee may require a new work permit.
- If the employee is unsure if they are violating the terms of employment, they can voluntarily disclose information to ESDC.
LMIA Application Processing Time
Initiating your LMIA application takes up to 10 minutes via an LMIA Online Portal. Preparation of the application and supporting documents can take hours. LMIA is a very technical application.
Depending on the stream you choose, your application processing time can range from 10 days (Global Talent Stream) to 60 days (Low Wage Stream).
The general rule of thumb is that highest-demand, highest-paid, shortest duration occupations (the so-called ‘skilled trades’) are usually processed within the shortest possible time. Conversely, applications to hire low-paid, long-term workers are processed at a slower pace.
LMIA Processing Fee
Validity of a Work Permit
Work permits are typically issued for a maximum of 2 years. Depending on the validity of passport and type of LMIA. For example, work permits issued for employees under NAFTA or GATS are typically issued for 12 months. For executives and top managers the total duration of stay cannot exceed 7 years.
LMIA Jobs in Edmonton & Alberta
Jobs that offer LMIA in Edmonton and Alberta can be found online via job sites.
The most popular trades are cooks, food industry supervisors, construction workers, retail and sales supervisors, and truck drivers. The list, however, isn’t exhaustive – the list of LMIA job openings is actually extensive, so feel free to apply for the job of your dream! Once a hiring decision is made by the employer and there is a labour shortage in the Canadian workforce, they may apply for an LMIA, and if a positive decision is made it will allow you to apply for a work permit.
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