Labor Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)
Immigration to Canada based on Employer-specific Work Permit under LMIA program
Canada operates the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as a means to supplement its work force when there is no qualified worker in Canada to do a job. An employer looking to hire a foreign worker in Canada often needs to submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to the Canadian government. The Canadian government employee reviewing the application must determine that the hiring of the foreign worker will not have an adverse effect on the Canadian labour market. Among other factors, it must be clear that no qualified Canadians were passed up in favour of the foreign worker, and that the foreign worker will be given a salary and benefits that meet federal and provincial standards.
If you are an owner or manager of a company that experiences a severe shortage in qualified professional workforce, you might want to seriously consider hiring a foreign worker who would obtain a Work Permit and, subsequently, Permanent Residence, based on your Offer of Employment.