LMIA Exempt Work Permits
Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMIA is a special document issued by the ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada). A positive LMIA report proves that hiring a foreign national for a particular role by a Canadian employer will not have any adverse effect on the labour market of Canada. It also symbolises that no other Canadian citizen or permanent resident was qualified to fulfil the responsibilities that the job required. It is mandatory for Canadian employers to provide their foreign recruits with a copy of a positive LMIA report such that the candidates can apply for a closed (employer-specific) work permit. However, there are also certain instances where an LMIA is not required like the IEC, business visitor programs, CUSMA, CETA and other similar programs.