Hire a foreign academic: Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment

Important: Changes to the LMIA fee collection

As of October 23, 2020, Service Canada is making changes to better protect employers’ financial information. LMIA application forms will now only request partial digits from a credit card. Upon application receipt, Service Canada will contact the employer to obtain the remaining digits in order to process payment.

5. Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment

Apply via LMIA Online portal

To access LMIA Online, an employer and a third party (if applicable) must have a valid Job Bank user account for authentication purposes. If you have not yet completed the one time registration in Job Bank for Employers, we invite you to do so by clicking on the link below and following the “Don’t have an account? Sign up now.” button. The registration process will take approximately 10 minutes. Once your Job Bank account(s) is/are created, you will be able to complete an LMIA application via the LMIA Online Portal.

Apply on Application Form

Educational institutions hiring foreign academics for Canadian positions must complete, sign (where required) and submit the following information by mail or by fax:

A complete application means that employers have:

  • used the latest version of the application form
  • filled out all of the fields in all of the necessary forms
  • included all of the required documentation
  • signed the forms where required
  • submitted the processing fee for each position requested

If an application is submitted and it is not complete, Service Canada staff will inform the employer that the application will not be processed. Incomplete applications and supporting documents submitted with the application will not be retained or returned to the employer. As a result, employers are advised to submit copies, not original documents.


On May 12, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a Temporary Public Policy. The new policy allows some temporary foreign workers (TFWs) already in Canada to change jobs before a final decision is made on their work permit application.

Employers hiring these TFWs may receive priority processing of the LMIA applications. To do so, employers must notify Service Canada in writing that the TFW:

  • is in Canada, and
  • wishes to benefit from IRCC’s COVID-19 Temporary Public Policy

Submit the application and required documentation.

LMIA applications for foreign academic positions (except for positions in Quebec) must be submitted to the Centre of Specialization responsible for processing these positions.

Positions in the province of Quebec


A Quebec acceptance certificate issued by the province is required for positions in Quebec.

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