Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)

Frequently Asked Questions


Are you considering hiring a foreign worker in Canada? Understanding the Labour Market ImpactAssessment (LMIA) process is essential. In this guide, we will provide a brief overview of what an LMIA is, the different types of LMIAs, and when to apply for each type based on your specific circumstances.

1. What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a crucial step in the process of hiring a foreign worker in Canada. It is an assessment conducted by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/ServiceCanada to determine if hiring a foreign worker will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labor market.

2. Different Types of LMIAs

  1. High-Wage LMIA:This type of LMIA is applicable when the offered wage for the position exceeds the provincial or territorial median wage. Employers must demonstrate efforts to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents before considering foreign workers. High-Wage LMIAs require a transition plan outlining efforts to reduce reliance on foreign workers over time.

  2. Low-Wage LMIA:Low-Wage LMIAs are for positions with wages below the provincial or territorial median wage. Employers must demonstrate that they have made significant efforts to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Restrictions may apply to the number of foreign workers that can be employed under this category.

  3. Global Talent Stream (GTS)LMIA:The GTS LMIA falls under the Global Talent Stream of theTemporary Foreign Worker Program. It aims to attract highly skilled foreign workers for positions listed under Category A (in-demand occupations) or Category B (employers with a commitment to skills and training). The GTS stream offers expedited processing times for LMIA applications.

  4. Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) LMIA:SAWP LMIAs are specific to the agriculture sector and are used to hire temporary foreign agricultural workers for seasonal positions. Employers must demonstrate a genuine need for foreign workers, and the program has specific requirements and recruitment obligations.

  5. Caregiver LMIA:This type of LMIA is for employers seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide care for children, seniors, or individuals with medical needs. Caregiver LMIAs require employers to demonstrate a genuine need and follow specific guidelines related to wages, working conditions, and recruitment efforts. 

3. When to Apply for Different Types of L MIAs

The specific type of LMIA you should apply for depends on your circumstances: 

  • If the offered wage is above the median wage, apply for a High-Wage LMIA.
  • If the offered wage is below the median wage, apply for a Low-Wage LMIA.
  • If you are seeking highly skilled foreign workers or fall under the specified categories, consider applying for a Global Talent Stream (GTS) LMIA.
  • If you require seasonal agricultural workers, apply for a Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) LMIA.
  • If you need foreign caregivers for childcare, elderly care, or medical care, apply for a Caregiver LMIA.

Consulting with an immigration lawyer or an experienced law firm specializing in Canadian immigration can provide personalized guidance on the most suitable LMIA category for your needs.

Understanding the different types of Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) is crucial when planning to hire foreign workers in Canada. Each type has specific requirements and considerations. By familiarizing yourself with the LMIA process and seeking professional advice, you can navigate the system effectively and secure the necessary permits to bring valuable international talent to support your workforce and contribute to the Canadian labor market.

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With our expertise and personalized approach, we will guide you through the entire process, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and maximizing your chances of a positive outcome. Our experienced lawyers will handle all aspects of your LMIA application, from document preparation to communication with Service Canada, providing you with peace of mind and saving you valuable time.

Secure the necessary permits to hire qualified foreign workers with confidence. Contact our law firm today for a consultation and let us help you navigate the LMIA process seamlessly, allowing you to focus on your business while we handle the legal complexities.

Mandelbaum Immigration Lawyers can conduct a LMIA assessment for you. Simply provide us with your name, email address and phone number by emailing us at, and our office will contact you to arrange a consultation with a lawyer. 

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