Labour Market Impact Assessment

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment? 

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 (sometimes called a "confirmation letter") 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. 

Find out if you need an LMIA


Find out if you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): HERE

How to get an LMIA

You’ll need an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Find out how to apply for an LMIA to hire

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Application Forms

  • Agricultural Stream - Labour Market Impact Assessment Application [EMP5519]

  • High-Wage Positions - Labour Market Impact Assessment [EMP5626]

  • In-Home Caregiver Positions - Labour Market Impact Assessment [EMP5628]

  • Low-Wage Positions - Labour Market Impact Assessment [EMP5627]

  • Permanent Resident - Labour Market Impact Assessment Application [EMP5593]

  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program - Labour Market Impact Assessment Application [EMP5389]

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Application Processing Times

Average Labour Market Impact Assessment processing times: HERE

To obtain immediate assistance with your LMIA application, please contact the Employer Contact Centre from Monday to Friday, between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm, Eastern time:

Canada and the United States:

  • Toll-free: 1-800-367-5693

  • TTY: 1-855-881-9874

Outside Canada and the United States: 506-546-7569 (collect calls accepted)

Canadian Government Fee 

Labour Market Impact Assessment Processing Fee: $1000