Service Canada approved 26,891 LMIAs in the third quarter of 2020


The Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the official data on the number of temporary foreign worker (TFW) positions on positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) in the third quarter of 2020. In the third quarter of the year, Service Canada has significantly increased the number of approved cases – 26,891 LMIAs, 9,731 more compared to the second quarter. Although it is less than 39,901 positive LMIAs issued in the first quarter of 2020, it is 1,047 more compared to the third quarter of 2019. Last year, ESDC issued 129,558 positive LMIA decisions. During the pandemic year, Canada already issued 82,714 LMIAs. This data includes the number of LMIAs issued in support of work permits and counts only the number of LMIAs and not the number of positions under one LMIA application. Additionally, ESDC excludes LMIA in support of PR from this data.