Applying for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO)
It is important to note that, as an employer, you must generally apply for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) before you can hire a temporary foreign worker (TFW). A positive LMO will show that there is a need for the foreign worker to fill the job you offer, that there is no Canadian worker available to do the job, and that hiring a TFW will not negatively impact the Canadian labour market.
There are some work categories that are exempt from the LMO process. For more information, consult CIC’s How to Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker guide.
How to apply for a Labour Market Opinion
- Refer to the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to determine the skill level of the occupation.
- Meet minimum advertising requirements. ESDC/Service Canada reserves the right to require alternative or additional advertising if it believes that broader advertisement would find qualified Canadians or permanent residents.
- Meet or exceed prevailing wage rate for the position. Prevailing wage rate is identified as the average hourly wage for the requested occupation in the specified geographical area.
- Special conditions apply if you hire foreign workers in some industry sectors and occupations, including seasonal agriculture, live-in caregivers, and occupations requiring lower levels of formal training (NOC C & D).
- The Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows eligible foreign workers to work in Canada for an authorized period of time if employers can demonstrate that they are unable to find suitable Canadians/permanent residents to fill the jobs, and that the entry of these workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. For more information, consult CIC’s How to Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker guide.
- Submit an application for an LMO to Service Canada. An application for an LMO can be submitted before identifying the temporary foreign worker.
- If Service Canada approves the job offer, send a copy of the LMO confirmation letter to the foreign worker.
- Advise the foreign worker to apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
- CIC must be satisfied that the foreign worker is qualified and meets certification and licensing requirements for regulated occupations in Canada. Consult the website of the professional association to determine the process for foreign-trained workers.
You must use the new LMO application form specific to each stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which includes a signed statement that the employer will abide by the program requirements. Choose the correct application form for the type of worker you need.
- If you have not previously applied for an LMO, you must provide a business licence or permit.
- If you have previously applied for an LMO and are applying for another LMO, you must demonstrate that they have met the terms and conditions of employment set out in previous LMO confirmation letters. Refer to the website for a complete listing of supporting documentation required, for both new and returning employers.
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Date Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:46:43