Labour Market Impact Assessments for Immigration to Canada from South Africa

When seeking to work, or send workers into Canada, you need to be aware of all of the applicable requirements. Some workers require not only a work permit but also a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Canadian government confirming the need for a foreign worker to enter the Canadian work force. These used to be referred to as Labour Market Opinions (LMO). In some cases, workers are exempt from the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment due to government directives and international trade agreements.

Labour Market Impact assessment requirements vary depending on the occupation of the worker and can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Position being advertised for a specific length of time
  • Proof of efforts need to hire a Canadian applicant
  • Wages being offered need to be in line with Canadian standards.

A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment needs to be obtained before a work permit can be applied for. Our regulated consultant can assist you as either a worker or employer in navigating each step of the process.

For those who are in the Express Entry Pool and are hoping to add 600 points to their Comprehensive Ranking System score with a job offer need to be aware of the LMIA process as well. Simply receiving a job offer in Canada will not add 600 points to your score, you also need to have a valid LMIA in place to accompany the job offer or no points will be added to your score.

The current government fees for a Labour Market Impact Assessment are as follows:

  • $1,000 CAD

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