Labor Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)

Immigration to Canada based on Employer-specific Work Permit under LMIA program  

General background

Canada operates the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as a means to supplement its work force when there is no qualified worker in Canada to do a job. An employer looking to hire a foreign worker in Canada often needs to submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to the Canadian government. The Canadian government employee reviewing the application must determine that the hiring of the foreign worker will not have an adverse effect on the Canadian labour market. Among other factors, it must be clear that no qualified Canadians were passed up in favour of the foreign worker, and that the foreign worker will be given a salary and benefits that meet federal and provincial standards.

If you are an owner or manager of a company that experiences a severe shortage in qualified professional workforce, you might want to seriously consider hiring a foreign worker who would obtain a Work Permit and, subsequently, Permanent Residence, based on your Offer of Employment.

Who is the program for?

Any employer who can demonstrate

  • An urgent need for qualified employees,
  • Compliance with federal or provincial/territorial laws,
  • Ability to fulfill terms of the job offer.

Any foreign national who has

  • At least two years of experience in a relevant field,
  • Education as per the requirements of the Ministry of Labour,
  • Drive to continue developing their skills in Canada with the possibility of obtaining Permanent Residence.

Advantages of the program and further possibilities of immigration

  • Possibility to enter Canada on a valid Work Permit
  • The opportunity to bring family members (spouse can receive an open Work Permit, children have the right to free primary and secondary education)
  • Opportunity to use the length of work experience in Canada to obtain additional points through the Express Entry system or for immigration through provincial nomination
  • Additional points awarded by the Express Entry system for a valid Offer of Employment.

The services we offer

  • Extensive consultation on preparing a quality LMIA application
  • Full preparation, filing and continuous support at all stages of the application
  • A separate application for the Work Permit for a qualified candidate, as well as for their family, if necessary.


Professional attestations, if necessary$500.00 per letter
LMIA application, per candidate$1,000.00
Work permit processing fee – principal applicant$155.00
Open Work Permit processing fee – spouse$255.00
Study Permit processing fee$150.00
Temporary Resident Visa$100.00
Biometrics per adult$85.00