Labour Market Impact Assessment

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by the Government of Canada that allows an employer to hire a foreign worker.


The LMIA process is designed to ensure that the hiring of foreign workers has a minimal impact on the Canadian labor market. A positive LMIA Canada indicates that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill a position, therefore enabling an employer to hire a foreign national. A negative LMIA suggests that a position should be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The LMIA process can be complex and time-consuming. That’s why we offer comprehensive LMIA migration services to help employers and foreign workers navigate the process and increase their chances of success.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Canada, the employer must meet several requirements, including

LMIA Application Process

The LMIA application process involves the following steps:

Work Permit

One of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada is by obtaining a work permit. A Canada work permit is a document issued by the government of Canada that allows foreign workers to legally work in Canada for a certain period of time. To obtain a work permit, an individual must have a job offer from a Canadian employer and meet certain eligibility criteria.


Our team can help you determine the type of work permit that best suits your situation, whether it is an open work permit, an employer-specific work permit, or an intra-company transfer work permit. We also assist with the preparation and submission of all necessary documentation, including the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if required.

Job Specific Work Permit

In Canada, most work permits are tied to a specific job and employer. This means that if an employee wants to work for a different employer, they will need to obtain a new job-specific permit. The process typically involves the new employer applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to ensure that there are no qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents available for the role. If the LMIA job is approved, the employee can then apply for a job-specific work permit with the required documents, such as the positive LMIA notice and a valid job offer from the employer.

Intra-Company Transfer

An Intra-Company Transfer permit is a type of work permit that allows executives, senior management, and skilled workers with specialized knowledge to move from a foreign branch of a company to a related Canadian branch without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). To qualify, the employee must have been employed full-time with the company for at least one year. Additionally, those who are transferred with this permit may have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency through Canada’s Express Entry program.

Open Work Permit

An open work permit is a type of work permit that allows the holder to work in most jobs in Canada without the need for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a valid job offer. However, the eligibility for this type of permit is limited, and only certain individuals qualify. These include:


What are the eligibility requirements for a work permit?

  • The applicant should be able to prove to an officer that they will leave Canada after their permit expires.
  • Provide proof of sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependents during their stay
  • They should have no criminal records and should not pose any threat to Canada’s security.
  • They should be healthy and might need to take a medical examination as proof.
  • They should not plan to work for any employer who is termed ineligible or involved in activities like erotic dance, striptease, escort services, etc.
  • They should be able to provide any other document needed for their entry into Canada.
  • Additionally, all foreign nationals must fulfill visa requirements specific to their country of origin.

Documents required for Canada Work Visa Required documents

  • A passport that will still be valid six months after the day you intend to enter Canada
  • Proof of your educational qualifications
  • If applicable, a marriage certificate
  • If relevant, copies of children’s birth certificate
  • A medical examination certificate passing a medical examination is a requirement for employment in the fields of agriculture, childcare, and health services.

The process to apply for Canada Work Permit or Work Visa

Step 1. An employer may apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment if required.
Step 2. An employer makes a temporary job offer to a candidate.
Step 3. A foreign worker applies for a work permit
Step 4. A work permit is issued

International Mobility Program

The International Mobility Program (IMP) is a Canadian immigration program that allows foreign workers to come to Canada temporarily without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The program is designed to facilitate the entry of highly skilled workers who are needed to meet Canadian employers’ needs and promote economic growth.

The program is also intended to facilitate the entry of workers from countries with which Canada has a free trade agreement or a bilateral agreement, as well as to facilitate the entry of researchers and students. The program is administered by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What are the eligibility requirements for the International Mobility Program?

  • The worker must have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, and the job must be considered a “high-skilled” occupation as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
  • The worker must have the necessary qualifications, education, and experience to perform the job.
  • The worker must have a valid work permit, which can be obtained through the IMP.
  • The worker must also meet other requirements, such as a medical exam, police clearance, and admissibility to Canada.

How to apply through the International Mobility Program?

  • Step 1. Job offer letter

    The employer will have to submit a formal job offer in Canada through the Employer Portal before you apply for the International Mobility Program.


    Step 2. Apply for a work permit

    After your employer has submitted the formal job offer via the Employer Portal, you will be able to apply for a temporary foreign work permit under the International Mobility Program. You will need the offer of employer number to complete your application. Your application will be reviewed and if you meet the eligibility criteria, it will be approved. Once approved, you will receive either a letter of introduction and a work permit from a Canada border services officer or a new work permit (if you are already living in Canada or applying at the point of entry).


    Step 3. Get ready for your new Canadian Job After obtaining your work permit and travel visa, you can begin making preparations to start your new job in Canada.

    The following types of workers are eligible for the International Mobility Program (IMP):

    • Those entering Canada as part of trade treaties, such as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).
    • Those entering Canada on an open work permit.
    • Those entering Canada as intra-company transferees

Get In touch

Get A Free Consultation