If your business is grappling with a labor shortage or struggling to find the talent it requires within Canada, why not consider looking beyond our borders? Your business might qualify to tap into a pool of foreign workers available for temporary employment when Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents are not readily accessible.
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is an initiative by the Canadian government that enables employers in Canada to bring in foreign workers. This program is jointly overseen by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Canadian employers need to secure a document from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada, confirming their eligibility to hire a temporary worker. This document is known as a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA, formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO), grants employers permission to hire a temporary foreign worker. It signifies that there is a genuine need for a foreign worker to fill the position, and there is no available Canadian worker for the job.
The primary purpose of the LMIA is to ensure that foreign workers are not chosen over qualified Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents for the job. A positive LMIA indicates that hiring foreign nationals in the specified occupation and at the designated work location is likely to have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labor market.
Documents required for an LMIA application
LMIA applications can vary based on factors such as the type of business/industry, business location, and the specific foreign worker being considered for hire. The following is a general checklist for reference:
The processing times are averaged across all processing centres in Canada. Timelines represent the average duration it takes to process an application, from when it is received by Service Canada to when the decision is made on the application.
The Global Talent Stream and applications qualifying for expedited service have a service standard of 10 business days, which is expected to be met 80% of the time. The service standard date begins on the business day following the receipt of the application.