top of page
Business Meeting

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

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.

Contact Lumen Immigration if you are an employer or worker interested in more information about the Labour Market Impact Assessment process.

bottom of page