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APPLY FOR A LABOR MARKET OPINION (LMO)

Service Canada provides an LMO to the employer and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The LMO is an assessment of the likely impact that the hiring of the foreign worker may have on the Canadian labour market.

1. Submit a Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) Foreign Worker Application for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) to the Service Canada Centre responsible in the area.

Before confirming a job offer, HRSDC considers whether:

  • The job offer is genuine;
  • The wages and working conditions are comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation;
  • Employers conducted reasonable efforts to hire or train Canadians for the job;
  • The foreign worker is filling a labour shortage;
  • The employment of the foreign worker will directly create new job opportunities or help retain jobs for Canadians;
  • The foreign worker will transfer new skills and knowledge to Canadians; and
  • The hiring of the foreign worker will not affect a labour disputes or the employment of any Canadian worker involved in such a dispute.

Please note that for certain occupations you (the employer) may also be required to submit an employment contract which will be considered as part of the LMO assessment.

If the LMO is Positive

Service Canada will issue an employment confirmation and you will receive a response in writing which you should forward to the foreign worker along with a copy of a signed job offer and employment contract (if applicable).

The foreign worker can then proceed to apply for a work permit either at a visa office abroad a port of entry, or from within Canada if legally permitted to do so.

Note that a positive LMO does not guarantee that a work permit will be issued to the foreign worker. Visa and Border Services officers can refuse work permit applications and entry to Canada if they determine that the foreign worker does not meet the qualifications required by the LMO or is otherwise inadmissible to Canada.

If the LMO is Negative

Service Canada will inform you in writing of a negative decision. If you disagree with the Service Canada decision, and you have new information that may affect the decision, you may submit this information to the Service Canada Centre indicated on your refusal letter. Your request will then be re-assessed taking into account any new information you have submitted.

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