A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is an important process to understand if you are an employer planning to hire workers from outside Canada. In most cases (though there are exceptions), a Canadian employer will need to demonstrate that hiring a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) or a Foreign Skilled Worker (FSW) will not negatively impact a qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident’s chances of obtaining the position in question. How does this work? Mansouri Frim can work with you to make sense of the whole process.


You as the employer initiate the LMIA. The assessment process begins once you decide to offer a position to the TFW or a FSW. You will submit an application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. If it is determined by ESDC/Service Canada that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available to fill your job, you will receive a “positive opinion” (the LMIA was formally known as an LMO – Labour market Opinion). From here though, there is much more work to do. You, as the employer, will need to follow a number of conditions imposed by ESDC/Service Canada, and the TFW or FSW will still need to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for their work permit, a process which is related to, but separate from the LMIA. Without the positive LMIA, the next steps will not proceed.



ESDC will want to know about your recruitment process, and they have some rules regarding recruitment that must be complied with. You will need to demonstrate that the job offer is genuine and that the applicant is actually qualified. Similarly, TFWs and FSWs should be prepared to show IRCC that they are qualified for the position being offered.



Just as the immigration pathways for temporary work permits and permanent residence through Express Entry differ, so too do the requirements and evidence sought to support the respective LMIA applications. You, as an employer, may not even be sure if or when an LMIA is required. Canada’s immigration system is demanding and complex, but our team of immigration experts understand what needs to be done. We can assist you with the precise and timely assistance you need to work through the LMIA process, and you can focus on your business. Mansouri Firm can assist you in obtaining the authorization needed to hire the employee that fits the position you need to fill when that employee is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.


Why Work with Us?

The experts at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) are here for you. We are dedicated and attentive. Our aim is to help you understand your options, and to guide you along the complex application process ahead.  Every case is unique, so we make sure that we understand your personal situation. We have experience with a great number of immigration programs for Canada, and we will do our best to find the right pathway for you.

The details of your application are critical. The timelines involved in this process are also very important. The assistance of the experienced immigration professionals at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) will give you the peace of mind on two fronts: First, we will ensure that you understand the best immigration program options available to you. Second, you can feel certain that your application has been completed accurately, and meets every deadline. The consequences of even minor errors and/or inattention to detail can lead to results ranging from delays to having your application rejected permanently, so let Mansouri Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) assist you toward achieving your specific immigration goals.