LMIA stands for Labor Market Impact Assessment. It is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that assesses the impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labor market.
When a Canadian employer wants to hire a foreign worker through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), they are generally required to obtain a positive LMIA. The purpose of the LMIA is to ensure that there are no qualified Canadians or permanent residents available to fill the job position being offered to a foreign worker.
The LMIA process involves several steps:
1. Employer Application: The Canadian employer must submit an application to ESDC, providing detailed information about the job position, the efforts made to recruit Canadians or permanent residents, and the potential benefits of hiring a foreign worker.
2. Recruitment Efforts: Before applying for an LMIA, the employer is usually required to actively recruit Canadians or permanent residents for the job position. They must demonstrate that they made genuine efforts to hire locally and provide evidence of their recruitment activities.
3. Impact Assessment: ESDC reviews the employer’s application and assesses whether hiring a foreign worker for the position will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labor market. Factors considered include the employer’s recruitment efforts, wages and working conditions, and the job’s potential impact on the local economy.
4. Decision: Based on the assessment, ESDC will either issue a positive or negative LMIA. A positive LMIA indicates that hiring a foreign worker for the position is justified, as there are no qualified Canadians or permanent residents available. With a positive LMIA, the foreign worker can proceed with applying for a work permit.
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