Service Canada Labour Market Opinion or LMO

With some significant exceptions, before hiring a temporary foreign worker, the employer must first apply for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada. The Labour Market Opinion evaluates how Canadian employment is affected when a foreign worker is hired instead of Canadians or permanent residents.

A Labour Market Opinion or LMO would best be suited for an employer who is looking for:

  • a particular worker,
  • a potential employee for a particular position, or
  • pre-approval to hire many workers for various positions.

In order to hire a foreign worker, the employer must provide evidence that:

  • even though efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents were evident, the applicants were found unsuitable for the position, in which case foreign workers are needed;
  • the hiring of foreign workers will not hinder the Canadian labour market in a negative manner;
  • the wages that will be offered to potential workers are similar to the wages that other Canadians in the same line of work, located in the same region, are currently receiving;
  • the working environment is up to par with the standards set by the labour market, and bringing in foreign workers will create prospective opportunities for the business as well as the Canadian industry.

If the Labour Market Opinion is approved, showing a positive result, then prospective foreign workers would need a copy of the LMO to apply for a work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada. When applying for the work permit to Canada, a notice confirming the offer of employment is also required. The approval of a labour market opinion is usually valid for a period of six months. If the potential worker has not applied for a work permit within the allotted period, the LMO will expire and the employer will need to commence another application form for a labour market opinion.

In certain circumstances, temporary foreign workers may also be required to apply for a temporary resident visa.

Prior to the expiration of the foreign worker's work permit , if an extension of the job is offered to the employee, he or she will need to apply for a work permit extension. In many situations the employer will need to apply for a new Labour Market Opinion as well.

All Points Immigration specializes in Labour Market Opinion applications. All Points Immigration will review and or advise employers on the requirements of Service Canada including advertising and wage requirements for the job.

If you would like to make an application under this immigration category or would like to speak with us regarding your eligibility for this program please call All Points Immigration during office hours Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) at 1-604-597-9020. You may also fill out our free online assessment questionnaire.

For any individual shifting his or her base to another country, the next major worry is to sponsor the immediate family.

Canada Immigration

Like many other countries, Canada also follows certain guidelines for family sponsorships. Under this program, close relatives and immediate family of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can migrate if they comply to few conditions.

Membership / Association

CSIC - Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants

Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants


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