Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
What is LMIA and how does it work?
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada needs to get before hiring a foreign worker.
An LMIA document from Employment and Social Development Canada gives the employer permission to hire a temporary worker. A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.
To apply for a work permit, a worker needs:
- A job offer letter
- A contract
- A copy of the LMIA
- The LMIA number