Examining what a Labour Market Impact Assessment is

Explaining the purpose and goal of Canada’s Labour Market Impact Assessment, including why it exists and whom it affects in the Canadian employment space.

Canadian employers may need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a foreign worker.

An LMIA is an employer-requested document that companies looking to hire temporary foreign workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) — a program designed to employ foreign nationals and temporarily address labour shortages at times when no qualified Canadians are available to work such positions. Employers will submit as proof that their hiring of foreign employees will not have a negative effect on the Canadian labour force.

It is vital to Canada’s maintenance and growth that the country preserves a strong and developing naturalized Canadian workforce, which necessitates the use of LMIAs to aid in achieving this goal.