Regular Labour Market Impact Assessment process for employers from Quebec

Employers offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker (TFW) that is:

Employers must review the information related to the Program requirements for the appropriate stream based on the position for which they are hiring TFWs.

Wage rate

The wages offered to all TFWs must be consistent with the wage rate paid to Canadians and permanent residents working in the same occupation and geographical area. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a negative LMIA decision.

For more information about wage rates, visit the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) website (available in French only).


Employers hiring foreign agricultural workers must consult the specific wages (available in French only) for this sector set by the MIFI.

Position covered by a collective agreement

To avoid receiving a negative LMIA decision, employers seeking to hire a TFW for a position that is covered under a collective agreement must ensure that hiring TFWs is not likely to adversely affect the course, the outcome, or the settlement of a labour dispute. They must also agree to pay the rate established by the collective agreement. In addition, if they offer benefits to Canadian workers or permanent residents, these benefits must be extended to temporary foreign workers.

Before you apply

Special Instructions

For positions located in Quebec for an employment period of more than 30 consecutive days:

  • Labour Market Assessment Impact (LMIA) applications must be submitted simultaneously to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) AND the Quebec’s ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) (in French only)
    • failure to do so will prevent your application from being processed and will result in its closure. No refund of the processing fee will be made
  • the names of the temporary foreign workers must be included in the application
  • the MIFI requires that all LMIA applications are submitted in French, except for LMIA applications for in-home caregiver positions

For more information, please consult the page explaining the procedure for hiring in the province of Quebec.

How to apply

In almost all cases, TFWs must have a valid work permit to work in Canada. To hire a foreign worker in Quebec, employers must generally submit their Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to the appropriate Service Canada office and, if applicable, provide a copy to the MIFI.

  1. To apply for a LMIA, employers must complete, sign (where applicable) and submit the appropriate application form to the Service Canada Processing Centre:
  1. Submit to the MIFI a copy of the LMIA application sent to ESDC/Service Canada in addition to the supporting documents:
  2. Once ESDC and the MIFI have approved your job offer, send a copy of the joint ESDC/MIFI confirmation letter and the Quebec Acceptance Certificate to the foreign worker
  3. Tell the foreign worker to apply for a work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Next, IRCC will evaluate the foreign worker's application and decide whether a work permit will be issued according to the requirements that apply to workers and temporary residents in Canada.

A LMIA may be revoked prior to the issuance of a work permit under the following circumstances:

The revocation of a LMIA decision is based on reliable documented evidence that confirms that the new information or altered circumstances would have had an impact on the assessment of the 6 factors listed under section 203(3) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

If the employer receives a negative LMIA, the processing fee will not be reimbursed.


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
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