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Labour Market Opinion and Work Permit

What is an LMO? (now Labour Market Impact Assessment(LMIA)

  • A Labour Market Opinion now is called Labour Market Impact ASSESSMENT is an document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.
  • A POSITIVE LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian Worker can do the job. A positive LMIA is Sometimes called a Confirmation Letter.
  • The Proposed employers MUST contact HUMAN RESOURCE AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA (HRDC). HRDC will then provide details on the LMIA application Process.


INFORMATION ON LMO FEES (non refundable)

Fee for Labour Market Opinion processing including Nanny

​Effective July 31, 2013, employer applying to hire TFWs must pay a processing fee of $1000 for each position requested to cover the cost of a Labor Market Opinion (LMO). Please note there is no $1000 fee if you are applying LMIA for PR (used to be called AEO) Please note that you will end up incurring almost $500 National advertising cost as well because you must advertise in National Newspaper i.e National Post, Toronto Star.However, I suggest MONSTER.COM because its much cheaper (try it) Please note that employer can not charge any cost incurred for applying LMIA. Its against the law to charge a fee for a job to a potential foreign worker employee by employer or third party. The common mistake employer makes: using incorrect wage rate offered; it has to be above median established by HRDC in each province (very tricky)/ Be mindful of Matrix C jobs Vs Matrix O, A, B jobs.

The LMO processing fee does not apply to position under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), the Agriculture Stream or on-farm primary agricultural positions listed under National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 8251, 8252, 8253, 8254, 8431, 8432 and 8611.

Providing national labor market information has been included among national initiatives designed to:

  • address national labor market challenges;
  • promote equality of opportunity for all Canadians; and
  • help underrepresented groups reach their full potential in the Canadian Labor Market.

In order for an employer to recruit a foreign worker, the foreign worker must meet specific requirement under the NOC Code.

What is The  NOC CODE?

The national Occupational Classification (NOC), provides a standardized language for describing the work preformed by Canadians in the labor market. It gives statisticians, labor market analysts, career counselors, employer and individual job seekers and consistent way to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work.

The NOC is used for:

  • defining and collecting statistics;managing information databases;
  • analyzing labor market trends; and extracting practical career planning information

Additional fees for LMO processing:

A fee of $150.00 must be paid by the foreign worker (employee) to CIC oversees for work permit application. LMIA does not guarantee you work permit.

Nanny/Caregiver: Now Nanny can live out. As well, there are 2 streams of Nanny; one to care for children under 18 and other to care for elderly over 65 with serious medical condition. In each stream CIC will process 2500 application and