LMIA or Labour Market Impact Assessment is a verification required from the labour market which an employer needs to acquire before hiring a temporary foreign worker. This Project was first known as the Labour Market Opinion and was started to speed up the process of hiring temporary foreign workers for certain jobs in British Columbia and Alberta.
The positive LMIA document is like a confirmation letter because it validates the necessity to hire a worker from outside Canada. It indicates that there is no Canadian worker available to fill the position. This assessment document is provided by Service Canada which is a part of the HRSDC.
What is the purpose of LMIA?
If an employer wants to hire a temporary foreign worker, he needs to apply for the LMIA to find out the current status of the labour market. It is important to do so in order to check whether the addition of an extra worker from outside will have a negative impact on the labour market and the economy or not.