Hire a temporary foreign worker in a high-wage position

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.

Please read our latest notices:

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is intended to be used when you are facing short-term skills and labour shortages, and only when no Canadians and permanent residents are available.

To hire a temporary foreign worker, you may require a Labour Market Impact Assessment to determine if the hiring of a temporary foreign worker will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labour market.

As an employer, you must comply with the Program requirements. These requirements may vary depending on the position you are requesting. We take the integrity of the Program very seriously and we have mechanisms in place to verify employers’ compliance with the Program requirements. Employers who fail to comply with these requirements will be subject to consequences for non-compliance.

To get a Labour Market Impact Assessment, you must submit an application form and all the necessary supporting documents. Your application will be assessed to validate the legitimacy of the business, the job offer and the impact of hiring a temporary foreign worker would have on the Canadian labour market.

How to apply - Stream for high-wage positions

Before you apply

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.

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Your Labour Market Impact Assessment application can be submitted up to 6 months prior to the expected job start date.

You must complete, sign and send it along with all required documentation and the processing fee, to the appropriate Service Canada Processing Centre. The application package must include:

A complete application means that you have:

  • used the latest version of the application form
  • filled out all the fields in all the required forms (except for the temporary foreign worker information in the case of an Unnamed Labour Market Impact Assessment application)
  • included all the required supporting documentation
  • signed all the forms, where required
  • submitted the processing fee for each position requested

Incomplete applications will not be processed or returned. It is recommended that you submit copies of documents rather than originals.

However, you can still apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment for specific positions in specific provinces or territories, even if the temporary foreign worker information is not available at the time of the application. These applications are also known as "Unnamed Labour Market Impact Assessment" applications.

Note:

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

After you apply

Additional information is available to find out what happens after you apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment for a low-wage or high-wage position.

Application process in the province of Quebec

There are certain provisions that need to be followed when hiring temporary foreign workers in positions located in the province of Quebec (French only)

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