LMIA Advertising Exemptions

Last updated: 28 August 2020

When an individual in the entertainment industry cannot receive consideration as a business visitor, and is not eligible for a work permit exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a LMIA-based work permit is the last option.

Generally, as part of the LMIA process, Canadian employers must demonstrate that employing a foreign worker will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labour market, and that there is currently no Canadian citizen or permanent resident available to fill the position, which is typically done by advertising the position on several venues.

lmia advertising exemptions

However, for certain situations, advertisement and recruitment are not required, thus eliminating what is often the most problematic aspect of a LMIA application. Not having to demonstrate proper advertisement and sufficient recruitment efforts renders the process significantly more expeditious and increases the likelihood of LMIA success. Although the application process is facilitated, the employer must still pay the $1,000.00 government processing fee.

The list of advertising exemptions includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Quebec Facilitated Process

Note: Quebec’s simplified processing occupations list is updated annually. The list below came into effect on February 24, 2020. A transitional period of 30 days was granted to the employer to allow the examination of an application submitted according to the list of the previous year (2019).

This list is for the recruitment of temporary foreign workers only (not business owners). Some occupations are included in the Global Talent Stream occupations list. These occupations are indicated in the last column of the table.

NOC

Occupation

Global Talent Stream

0111

Financial managers

0112

Human resources managers

0113

Purchasing managers

0121

Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers

0122

Banking, credit and other investment managers

0124

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

0131

Telecommunication carriers managers

0211

Engineering managers

0212

Architecture and science managers

0213

Computer and information systems managers

 yes

0311

Managers in health care

0421

Administrators – post secondary education and vocational training

0422

School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education

0423

Managers in social, community and correctional services

0511

Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers

0512

Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts

0601

Corporate sales managers

0631

Restaurant and food service managers

0632

Accommodation service managers

0711

Construction managers

0712

Home building and renovation managers

0731

Managers in transportation

0821

Managers in agriculture

0822

Managers in horticulture

0911

Manufacturing managers

1111

Financial auditors and accountants

1112

Financial and investment analysts

1113

Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers

1114

Financial planners and advisors (only this designation)

1121

Human resources professionals

1122

Professional occupations in business management consulting

1123

Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

1211

Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers

1212

Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers

1213

Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers

1214

Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations

1215

Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations

1221

Administrative officers

1222

Executive assistants

1223

Human resources and recruitment officers

1224

Property administrators

1225

Purchasing agents and officers

1226

Conference and event planners

1241

Administrative assistants

1243

Medical administrative assistants

1251

Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations

1311

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

1312

Insurance adjusters and claims examiners

1313

Insurance underwriters

1314

Assessors, valuators and appraisers

1315

Customs, ship and other brokers

2111

Physicists and astronomers

2112

Chemists

2113

Geoscientists and oceanographers

2121

Biologists and related scientists

2122

Forestry professionals

2123

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists

2131

Civil engineers

2132

Mechanical engineers

2133

Electrical and electronics engineers

2134

Chemical engineers

2141

Industrial and manufacturing engineers

2142

Metallurgical and materials engineers

2143

Mining engineers

2146

Aerospace engineers

2147

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

 yes

2151

Architects

2153

Urban and land use planners

2154

Land surveyors

2161

Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

 yes

2171

Information systems analysts and consultants

 yes

2172

Database analysts and data administrators

 yes

2173

Software engineers and designers

 yes

2174

Computer programmers and interactive media developers

 yes

2175

Web designers and developers

 yes

2211

Chemical technologists and technicians

2212

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

2223

Forestry technologists and technicians

2224

Conservation and fishery officers

2225

Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

2231

Civil engineering technologists and technicians

2232

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

2233

Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

2234

Construction estimators

2241

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2242

Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2243

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

2244

Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors

2251

Architectural technologists and technicians

2252

Industrial designers

2253

Drafting technologists and technicians

2254

Land survey technologists and technicians

2261

Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians

2263

Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

2264

Construction inspectors

2271

Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors

2281

Computer network technicians

 yes

2282

User support technicians

2283

Information systems testing technicians

 yes

3011

Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

3012

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3111

Specialist physicians

3112

General practitioners and family physicians

3113

Dentists

3114

Veterinarians

3121

Optometrists

3122

Chiropractors

3124

Allied primary health practitioners

3131

Pharmacists

3132

Dietitians and nutritionists

3141

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

3142

Physiotherapists

3143

Occupational therapists

3211

Medical laboratory technologists

3212

Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

3213

Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians

3214

Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

3215

Medical radiation technologists

3219

Technical assistants in pharmacy (only this designation)

3221

Denturists

3222

Dental hygienists and dental therapists

3233

Licensed practical nurses

3234

Paramedical occupations

4011

University professors and lecturers

4012

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

4021

College and other vocational instructors

4031

Secondary school teachers

4032

Elementary school and kindergarten teachers

4033

Educational counsellors

4112

Lawyers and Quebec notaries

4151

Psychologists

4152

Social workers

4153

Family, marriage and other related counsellors (only this designation)

4156

Employment counsellors

4161

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers.

4162

Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts

4163

Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants

4164

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

4165

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

4166

Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers

4167

Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers

4211

Paralegals

4212

Social and community service workers

4214

Early childhood educators and assistants

4215

Instructors of persons with disabilities

4312

Firefighters

5111

Librarians

5113

Archivists

5125

Translators, terminologists and interpreters

5131

Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

5211

Library and public archive technicians

5223

Graphic arts technicians

5225

Audio and video recording technicians

5227

Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts

5241

Graphic designers and illustrators

 yes

5242

Interior designers and interior decorators

5243

Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers

5254

Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness

6211

Retail sales supervisors

6221

Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

6222

Retail and wholesale buyers

6231

Insurance agents and brokers

6235

Financial sales representatives

6311

Food service supervisors

6313

Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors

6314

Customer and information services supervisors

6321

Chefs

6322

Cooks

6331

Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale

6332

Bakers

6342

Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners

6344

Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations

7201

Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades

7202

Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (only this designation)

7204

Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

7231

Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

7233

Sheet metal workers

7235

Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters

7236

Ironworkers

7237

Welders and related machine operators

7242

Industrial electricians

7244

Electrical power line and cable workers

7245

Telecommunications line and cable workers

7246

Telecommunications installation and repair workers

7271

Carpenters

7281

Bricklayers

7282

Concrete finishers

7283

Tilesetters

7284

Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

7291

Roofers and shinglers

7292

Glaziers

7293

Insulators

7294

Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

7295

Floor covering installers

7301

Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades (only this designation)

7302

Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (only this designation)

7303

Supervisors, printing and related occupations

7305

Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

7311

Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

7312

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

7315

Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

7316

Machine fitters

7318

Elevator constructors and mechanics

7321

Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

7322

Motor vehicle body repairers

7331

Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics

7332

Appliance servicers and repairers

7333

Electrical mechanics

7361

Railway and yard locomotive engineers

7362

Railway conductors and brakemen/women

7371

Crane operators

7381

Printing press operators

8211

Supervisors, logging and forestry

8221

Supervisors, mining and quarrying

8231

Underground production and development miners

8241

Logging machinery operators

8252

Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (only this designation)

9212

Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

9213

Supervisors, food and beverage processing

9214

Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing

9215

Supervisors, forest products processing

9226

Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing

9232

Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing

9235

Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

9241

Power engineers and power systems operators

9243

Water and waste treatment plant operators

Owner/Operator

This advertising exemption is for individuals who have a controlling interest (own 50.1% of shares or more) in a new or existing Canadian business. The individual must also plan to take an active role in the day-to-day management and operations of the business and is in a position where he or she cannot be dismissed from the company.

Specialized Service Technicians

To qualify for this advertising exemption, a company must demonstrate that the work to be performed is highly specialized and that the individual has proprietary knowledge and/or experience related to the work to be performed in Canada. The work must be limited in duration (normally six months or less) and there must not be any opportunity for Canadians to be trained. Examples include, but are not limited to, servicing equipment manufactured outside of Canada and installation of specialized equipment requiring proprietary knowledge.

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