Labour Market Impact Assessment application processing times

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Delays in processing times:

Service Canada has recently updated the system to modernize and improve the LMIA process and has experienced unforeseen technical issues. As a result:

  • you may experience longer than usual processing times for your LMIA applications and other requests such as name additions and name changes
  • if you have already submitted your requests, please do not submit another copy to avoid duplication and potential further delay

Service Canada is working hard to minimize the impact this has and resolve issues in a timely manner.

We are currently experiencing a high number of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications which is resulting in longer processing times for some streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. We are providing recent processing times by stream to help you estimate how long it will take us to assess your application. Please account for these when planning for your employment needs.

Many factors must be evaluated before we can issue an LMIA decision. You can help reduce delays in processing your application by:

  • ensuring your Labour Market Impact Assessment application is complete before it is submitted
  • responding promptly to Service Canada requests for additional information or documentation

Average Labour Market Impact Assessment processing times for November 2021:

Application type Average processing time
Global Talent Stream 14 business days
Agricultural stream 31 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program 18 business days
Permanent residence stream 50 business days
In-home caregivers 36 business days
High-wage stream 60 business days
Low-wage stream 58 business days

Please note that these processing times are averaged across all processing centres in Canada. Timelines represent the average time it takes to process a complete application from when it is received by Service Canada to when the decision letter is sent to you.

Note: For more efficient LMIA application process, Service Canada strongly recommends that you submit your applications electronically using the 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.

To obtain immediate assistance with your LMIA application, please contact the Employer Contact Centre from Monday to Friday, between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm, Eastern time:

Canada and the United States:

  • Toll-free: 1-800-367-5693
  • TTY: 1-855-881-9874

Outside Canada and the United States: 506-546-7569 (collect calls accepted)

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