Hire a temporary foreign worker in a low-wage position - Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment

5. Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment

Employers who want to hire a TFW must submit an application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada in order to receive an assessment on the impact that hiring a TFW is likely to have on Canada's job market.

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application, along with all the required supporting documentation, can be submitted 6 months prior to the anticipated job start date. Employers, who wish to apply more than 6 months in advance, must contact Service Canada to discuss their needs before submitting an application. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Note: ESDC/Service Canada will not reconsider an assessment, once the LMIA letter has been issued.

How to apply

Employers must follow the step-by-step checklist to ensure they meet all the Program requirements and that all the documents required as well as the applicable processing fee for each position requested are submitted, otherwise there will be delays in processing the application.

Employers applying for an LMIA can use the:

  1. Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Web Service (online); or
  2. paper application form (by mail or fax).

Note: Employers applying for occupations related to on-farm primary agriculture, specifically National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 8251, 8252, 8253, 8254, 8256, 8431, 8432 and 8611, must apply using the paper LMIA Application Form (EMP5602).

Temporary Foreign Worker Web Service

The TFW Web Service reduces the paper burden and speeds the processing of LMIA applications. In addition, employers using the Web Service will have the opportunity to:

  • have an online account where they can update their profile information;
  • complete and submit online LMIA applications;
  • create and assign secondary representatives, as needed, to assist with completing the applications;
  • attach files instead of mailing the required documentation;
  • receive electronic messages from Service Canada regarding their application (e.g. missing documentation);
  • monitor the status of their LMIA applications.

Employers and authorized third-party representatives can consult the Registration Guide and Form to complete the one-time only registration form, to set up their online account. Once the registration is approved, they can proceed to login to apply for their LMIA.

Login to the TFW Web Service

Paper application form

Complete, sign (where applicable) and submit the following documents:

  1. LMIA Application Form (EMP5602)
  2. Schedule A – Appointment of a Third-party Representative (EMP5575), (if applicable).
  3. Schedule B – Impact on the Canadian Labour Market (EMP5578), (if applicable).
  4. Schedule E – Establishing the Cap for a Work Location (EMP5597), (if applicable).
  5. Proof of Business Licence or Documentation (if applicable).
  6. Proof of provincial/territorial registration for employers (if applicable).
  7. Proof of provincial/territorial registration for third-party representatives/recruiters (if applicable).
  8. Proof of recruitment (e.g. copy of advertisement and information to support where, when and for how long the position was advertised).
  9. Employment Contract (PDF 28.85 KB)

Employers must sign and send the completed application accompanied by all required documentation to the Service Canada Centre responsible for processing applications in their region.

  • By Mail or Fax
    • To the Service Canada Centre responsible for processing the LMIA applications in the region where the TFW will be employed.
  • For assistance – Phone
    • The Service Canada Centre responsible for processing the LMIA applications in the region where the TFW will be employed.

A complete application means that employers have:

  • filled out all of the fields in all of the necessary forms;
  • included all of the required documentation;
  • signed the forms where required; and
  • submitted the fee payment with the application.

If an application is submitted and it is not complete, Service Canada staff will inform the employer that the application will not be processed. Incomplete applications and supporting documents submitted with the application will not be retained or returned to the employer. As a result, employers are advised to submit copies, not original documents.

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