For the most part, jobs found in other countries can be filled by residents of those countries. There are some instances, however, when employers in other countries will need to hire temporary help because they require a certain skill set that they may not be able to find in professionals near them. Those who are hired for these types of positions will have to meet specific guidelines in order to gain entry to the country and work there. Take, for example, Canada, which may require employers to file for a Labour Market Impact Assessment. To better understand what this entails for both Canadian employers and potential employees, let’s take a closer look at Labour Market Impact Assessment guidelines and when they may be needed.
What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that essentially explains the need for an employer to hire a foreign worker and shows that there are currently no Canadian workers or permanent residents available who can fill these needs. Some employers may need to fill out an LMIA before they can have a temporary employee apply for a work permit to obtain said job within the country. Another term that you may encounter while researching this process is “positive LMIA” A positive LMIA is one that has been confirmed after an employer has successfully filled out an LMIA application and it has been approved.
Who needs an LMIA?
Determining who needs an LMIA and what positions may have an exempt status can often be the most difficult part of the LMIA process for employers. For example, some of the exempt positions may include airline personnel, traders, and performing artists. It is important that you carefully examine the laws and regulations surrounding the LMIA process to better understand whether or not you will be required to fill out this document for certain high-wage workers, low-wage workers, workers through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and workers through the Agricultural Stream. If you find that you do not need an LMIA, you will still be required to hire through the International Mobility Program.
How can I begin the process of hiring a foreign worker (or apply for employment so that I can work in Canada)?
If you are an employer looking to hire certain temporary workers for your staffing needs, making sure that your brush up on local laws and regulations is the first step in determining whether or not you will be required to file an LMIA or if you can go through the International Mobility Program (IMP) to meet your staffing needs. All of these requirements are listed on your government’s website, which will also direct you to the resources needed to comply with systems in place for foreign work.
If you are a foreign worker looking to take advantage of employment being extended from Canada, finding a service that can help you understand the Labour Market Impact Assessment process and what you will need to do once an employer’s request has been approved. They will help you to take care of all of the paperwork and processes involved with your move to and employment in Canada. Otherwise, taking on the responsibility by yourself may result in mistakes that prevent you from getting the work and residence you want.
Put simply, the LMIA is a document that tells Canada that you are unable to find employees in your country for certain positions. For some jobs, this document may be necessary. For others, you may be able to skip the process and hire foreign workers with ease. In either case, use the guide above to learn about what Labour Market Impact Assessments are and whether or not you will need one for your staffing needs.