Authorities have urged Canadian employers who require a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid delays. According to a notice published by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on October 29, Temporary Foreign Worker Program is currently dealing with “an increased volume of Labor Market Impact Assessment applications”. As a result, the processing times of applications will increase in the coming few months. As per the notice, the authorities have taken special efforts to reduce the impact of these delays on employers.
Of late, all Temporary Foreign Worker Programs except the Global Talent Stream are facing a delay in LMIA processing. Technical issues emerging as part of the transition to a new platform for assessing LMIA applications are pointed out to be the reason for these delays.
Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
Labor Market Impact Assessment is the process of obtaining government approval for hiring a foreign worker. In the process, a Canadian government employee reviews whether hiring a foreign worker by the employer who has submitted the LMIA application will have a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labor market. In order to receive a positive LMIA report, the employer must prove that no qualified Canadians has been denied the job to recruit the foreign worker and that the salary and benefits for the foreign worker are on par with the federal and provincial standards. After the employee starts working with the employer, they may also be inspected to check whether they comply with the government rules. And the LMIA process varies depending on whether the employee is classified as high wage or low wage. The foreign workers who are paid under the provincial/territorial median wage are low-wage and those paid at or above it are considered high-wage.
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