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
Employers must follow the step-by-step checklist to ensure that they:
- agree to all of the Requirements outlined for the Agricultural Stream
- agree to provide the Wages and working conditions required in the province/territory of employment and for the appropriate commodity
- undertake the required Recruitment and advertisement efforts
Under this Stream employers must complete, sign (where applicable) and submit the following documents:
- LMIA Application form (EMP5519)
- Employment contract (EMP5510)
- Proof of business legitimacy
- Proof of advertisement, applicable in most cases
- copy of signed off-site housing contract, if applicable
- Housing inspection report
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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