Labour Market Impact Assessment application processing times

Service Canada is committed to providing all Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) applicants with a positive client experience, and understands that the program, through its various delivery streams, is key to addressing labour shortages in Canada, and meeting the needs of Canadian businesses.

Processing times of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications can vary depending on the number of applications received by TFWP. While we are committed to processing all LMIA applications as quickly as possible, you can help reduce processing times by:

Note: Incomplete applications will not be processed or returned (you will not be charged the service fee, if one was required).

LMIA Online applications:

The table below identifies the average processing times across all processing centres in Canada and 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. Please consider the average processing times below to help you plan for your employment needs.

Note: For applications where the work location is in the province of Quebec, you must also submit a complete application to Quebec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). Only when both the MIFI and Service Canada have received your application can it be processed. For more information, refer to this page when hiring in the province of Quebec.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is responsible for the issuance of work permits once you have received a positive decision on your LMIA application. Also remember to consider the processing times associated with the issuance of work permits by IRCC.

Average Labour Market Impact Assessment processing times for August 2022:
Application type Average processing time
Global Talent Stream 8 business days
Agricultural stream 14 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program 4 business days
Permanent residence stream 22 business days
In-home caregivers 24 business days
High-wage stream 51 business days
Low-wage stream 41 business days

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:

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

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