The Canadian employers may hire foreign nationals to fill the job position for which no Canadian worker is available to do the job. Before such hiring, the employer may require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Except in the case of certain occupations, employers must prove there are no Canadians ready, willing and able to do the job for which the employer needs employees. This requires recruitment advertisements and then providing ESDC with a detailed justification as to why any Canadian citizen or a permanent resident was not qualified for the position. Once the employer obtains the positive LMIA, the foreign worker may apply for a work permit.

If you are an employer or employee interested in hiring a foreign worker, we invite you to contact our office.