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In most cases, Canadian employers must receive a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) before they can hire a temporary foreign worker.

A positive LMO states that an employer's hiring of a foreign worker will have a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labour market.

In order to receive a positive LMO, employers must demonstrate the following:

  • Efforts have been made to hire Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents for the position;
  • The wages and working conditions being offered meet or exceed the prevailing standards in the employer's region; and
  • Any potential benefits to the Canadian labour market that will occur because of hiring the foreign worker.

After receiving a positive LMO, the employer should send a copy to their identified foreign worker. The positive LMO must be included in the worker's application for a Temporary Work Permit.

A single LMO can be issued for one or multiple employees. In the case of multiple employees, the LMO will only be issued to employees who will be filling identical positions as identified by the Canadian National Occupation Classification.

There are several instances where an employer may be exempt from the requirement to secure an LMO. For more information on LMO Exemptions, please click here.

To find out if you or your business is eligible to apply for an LMO, please contact us today.

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