Find out if you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment
- broader economic, cultural or other competitive advantages for Canada; and
- reciprocal benefits enjoyed by Canadians and permanent residents.
Do you need an LMIA?
Review the LMIA exemption codes
- Go to the Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption codes table, and review the list of regulations.
- Select the LMIA exemption code that seems most relevant to your hiring situation, and read the detailed description provided.
- Take note of the exemption code that applies to you. You will need to include this code in your offer of employment.
Contact an International Mobility Worker Unit
International Mobility Worker Units (IMWU) help employers determine if the temporary worker they want to hire is exempt from the LMIA process or exempt from a work permit.
- from a visa-exempt country; and
- currently outside of Canada.
If the temporary worker you want to hire is not from a visa-exempt country, or is already in Canada, the processing officer reviewing their work permit application will determine if an LMIA exemption applies to their situation.
The border services officer at the point of entry will consider the opinion given by the unit when the temporary worker applies for their work permit. The opinion does not guarantee entry into Canada.
Requested information and supporting documents must be submitted to the IMWU at least 30 days before the date that the worker plans to enter Canada.
- Toronto International Mobility Worker Unit serves
- British Columbia,
- Northwest Territories and
- Montréal International Mobility Worker Unit serves
- Nova Scotia,
- Prince Edward Island,
- New Brunswick and
- Newfoundland and Labrador.