Refusal to process a Labour Market Impact Assessment application

There are certain conditions which may justify why we cannot process a Labour Market Impact Assessment application. These conditions include:

Regulatory authority

We do not have the authority to process applications from ineligible employers for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program who:

  • regularly offer services in the sex industry (striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massage)
  • are on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ineligibility list which includes employers who:
    • have been found non-compliant as result of an employer compliance review
    • have been banned from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program because non-compliance was discovered during an inspection
    • are in default of payment of an administrative monetary penalty

Ministerial instructions

As a result of public policy considerations as determined in Ministerial Instructions, we may refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application for:

Low-wage positions in accommodation and food services and retail trade sectors

Low-wage positions in Accommodation and Food Services and Retail Trade sectors (except for those with specific Yellowknife postal codes):

  • in an economic region with an unemployment rate of six percent or higher (as defined by the Program-specific Statistics Canada data used by Service Canada for the purposes of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program)
  • in the Accommodation and food services sector (North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 72) or Retail trades sector (NAICS codes 44-45)
  • classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 6541, 6611, 6622, 6711, 6721, 6731, 6732, 6733, 7611 and 8612
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Low-wage positions above the current cap

Low-wage positions, if you are above the current cap on the proportion of low-wage temporary foreign workers for the same positions at the same work location.

High-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta

We will not process your application if the position you are looking to fill is included in the list of occupations.

We will also refuse to process applications, if it is for a position under NOC 7271 – Scaffolders, NOC 7293 – Insulators, for which the work duration is greater than six months.

Exceptions:

Specialized positions under NOC 7241 – industrial and power system electricians, and under NOC 7371 – all terrain crane operators, may be processed as regular applications for high-wage or low-wage positions.

The Government of Alberta's Employer Liaison Services helps employers learn about options for hiring Albertans and Canadians first. For more information and assistance, contact Alberta Labour.

List of occupations

Management occupations
Number National Occupational Classification code Positions that will not be processed Specialized positions that will not be processed if work duration is greater than six months
1 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers -
2 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers -
3 0211 Engineering managers -
4 0212 Architecture and science managers -
5 0213 Computer and information systems managers -
6 0601 Corporate sales managers -
Business, finance, and administration occupations
Number National Occupational Classification code Positions that will not be processed Specialized positions that will not be processed if work duration is greater than six months
7 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers -
8 1225 Purchasing agents and officers -
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
Number National Occupational Classification code Positions that will not be processed Specialized positions that will not be processed if work duration is greater than six months
9 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers -
10 2131 Civil engineers -
11 2133 Electrical and electronic engineers -
12 2234 Construction estimators -
13 2252 Industrial designers -
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
Number National Occupational Classification code Positions that will not be processed Specialized positions that will not be processed if work duration is greater than six months
14 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations -
15 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades -
16 7236 Ironworkers -
17 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system) -
18 7242 Industrial electricians -
19 7251 Plumbers -
20 7271 Carpenters Scaffolders
21 7293 Insulators Insulators
22 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers -
23 7371 Crane operators
(except all terrain crane operators)
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Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Number National Occupational Classification code Positions that will not be processed Specialized positions that will not be processed if work duration is greater than six months
24 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities -

In-home Caregiver positions

In-home Caregiver positions, where there is a live-in requirement, that:

  • are classified under the NAICS as a Private household (NAICS 814)
  • are classified under the NOC codes 3012, 3233, 4411 or 4412
  • have been advertised and indicated on the Labour Market Impact Assessment application as being sought to fill positions, where there is a live-in requirement

Exceptions to this refusal to process

High medical needs clients

If you are seeking to hire an in-home caregiver with a mandatory live-in requirement for high medical needs clients (for example people with disabilities, seniors, individuals with chronic or terminal illnesses), you must submit either:

Exceptional circumstances

You must submit a written rationale for possible exemption for exceptional circumstances as part of the Housing section of the Labour Market Impact Assessment application form. The rationale must include:

  • a clear explanation of why live-in care is required
  • how frequently the situation necessitating live-in care occurs
  • to what degree you can influence this frequency
  • a description of what other options were explored in order to meet the need for care and why they were deemed not viable
  • how you will ensure fair working conditions for the in-home caregiver, despite the live-in requirement

Previous revocation

We may refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application for any position if you have had an application revoked in the past two years for having provided false, misleading or inaccurate information.

Processing fee

You will not be charged the processing fee, if we had to refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application or if you are an ineligible employer. In addition, a letter will be sent to you with the reason why your application was not processed.

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