Hire a temporary foreign worker through the Agricultural Stream - Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment


New requirements on housing inspections for positions related to primary agriculture are effective as of January 1, 2018.

5. Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment

Employers who want to hire a temporary foreign worker (TFW) under the Agricultural Stream, must submit the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application along with all the required supporting documentation to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada.

In essence, employers are applying for an assessment on the impact that hiring a TFW would have on Canada's job market. As a result, it is important that employers follow all the necessary steps and submit all of the required documentation.

How to apply

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

Employers must follow the step-by-step checklist to ensure that they:

Under this Stream employers must complete, sign (where applicable) and submit the following documents:

  1. LMIA Application form (EMP5519)
  2. Employment contract (EMP5510)
  3. Proof of business legitimacy
  4. Proof of advertisement, applicable in most cases
  5. copy of signed off-site housing contract, if applicable
  6. Housing inspection report

Submitting documentation

By mail or fax

To the Service Canada Centre responsible for this specific program or for processing the LMIA applications in the region where the TFW will be employed.

For assistance – Phone

The Service Canada Centre responsible for this specific program or for processing the LMIA applications in the region where the TFW will be employed.

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

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 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
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