Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Cessation of Arranged Employment Opinions

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

On May 4, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) stopped accepting arranged employment opinions (AEO). Employers seeking to hire a foreign worker for a full-time, permanent position are required to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

In addition to supporting a permanent resident application, the ‘permanent duration’ LMIA may also be used as the basis for a work permit application.

If an employer receives a positive permanent duration LMIA, it can be used to support the foreign nationals' application to CIC for a:

  • permanent resident visa; and
  • a work permit.

Prior to May 4, 2013, an AEO was not assessed against the labour market factors outlined in section 203 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and, therefore, could not be used to support a work permit application.

See more: Processing instructions for duration of employment

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