Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

In Canada, under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), an employer must first get approval from the Canadian government to hire a foreign worker. This is done through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which assesses the impact of hiring foreign workers in Canada.

The LMIA is a way for the government to ensure that bringing in foreign workers will not negatively affect the Canadian labour market, and that qualified Canadian workers are given priority to jobs in the market.

A positive LMIA indicates that there is a need for a foreign worker and that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident (PR) is available to do the job. A negative LMIA indicates that the position should be filled by a Canadian citizen or PR.

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Titan Law’s legal team is comprised of highly knowledgeable and skilled immigration lawyers, who have helped with hundreds of LMIA applications. We are a local immigration law firm, located in Vancouver, BC and are proud to have the best LMIA lawyers in Canada. We are experts in this area of law and would be happy to assist you with the LMIA process, whether you are an employer or employee.

The system can be complicated and overwhelming to navigate, and the application forms must be filled out accurately or are otherwise returned. If you are in need of assistance, our LMIA immigration lawyers are ready to be your legal guide and help you settle and work in Canada.


It is highly recommended to submit all LMIA applications online, through the LMIA Online Portal. You can submit your application, upload supporting documents, pay fees, view any correspondence and also get real-time status updates of your application at any time.
The LMIA processing fee is $1,000 CAD for each application, along with a $100 CAD Privilege Fee. Each position will require a separate application and is paid for by the employer. The employer must also demonstrate proof of advertisement efforts, which may incur additional cost, along with any legal service cost.
The processing time of LMIA applications varies depending on the number of applications received by Service Canada, however online applications are generally processed 10 days faster than by mail. On average, it can take approximately 10 – 35 business days to process your application, depending on the stream, but it is advised to give a 2 month buffer time.
The employer is responsible for the application fees and any legal service costs. If the employer is hiring for 3 different positions, they must submit 3 separate applications, which will cost $3,000 CAD for the application fees ($1,000 each).