A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.


Employers of some types of temporary workers need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before the worker applies for a work permit. An LMIA is a document from Employment and Social Development Canada that gives the employer permission to hire a temporary worker.


A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job.  A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.
If the employer needs an LMIA, they must apply for one.  Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit. To apply for a work permit, a worker needs:

  • a job offer letter
  • a contract
  • a copy of the LMIA, and
  • the LMIA number

Mercan has been in the business of assisting Canadian employers for 20 years.  We have the expertise and solutions for your company’s workforce needs.  We have a streamlined process for foreign worker recruitment in different industries. 


If you are a Canadian employer and would like to hire foreign workers, please complete our form below and one of our recruitment consultants will contact you.

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