Do I Need A Canadian Labour Market Opinion (LMO)?

When looking to hire a foreign worker, from the US or further abroad, your foreign worker application usually requires a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada. This document is an assessment of your applicant’s fit within your company, and that placement’s impact on the local economy. A positive LMO is required for your foreign worker application.

Exceptions For Labour Market Opinions In Canada

  • Individuals coming to Canada to work under certain international agreements (ie. professionals, traders, investors and business)
  • Work applicants involved in exchange programs abroad. (ie. youth exchange programs, teacher exchange programs or other reciprocal programs)
  • Spouses (common-law partners of certain foreign students who are studying full-time or certain skilled foreign workers)
  • Workers nominated by a province for permanent residence
  • Entrepreneurs and intra-company transferees
  • Academics and students
  • Co-op students (Foreign students studying in Canada, required by their program to complete a Canadian co-op work placement)
  • Individuals working on behalf of a religious organization
  • Charity workers

More Information Regarding Spouses And LMOs

Under unique agreements between the Federal Government and their provincial/territory governments, some foreign worker applicants (and their spouses, common-law, or dependents) may be eligible for foreign work permits through specific pilot projects that do not require the completion of an labour market opinion. Temporary in their nature, these pilot work projects focus on bringing a specific skill base of workers to a particular province or territory to fulfill a labour need. To see if you are eligible for this type of application, contact our immigration lawyers in Edmonton for assistance in your application.

Contact Our Immigration Lawyers About Your LMO

If you are considering the hiring of a foreign worker and you need help getting things moving, contact our immigration lawyers in Edmonton. We are here to assist Canadian companies who want a smooth transition into fulfilling skilled and unskilled labour needs within their operations in Alberta and across Canada. Call us today and book an appointment to see if your application requires an LMO.

Canadian Labour Market Opinion

Posted on July 1st, 2013