Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is a report issued by HRSDC that outlines
the impact that hiring a foreign worker would have on Canada’s labour
market. Employers need to obtain this assessment in order to hire
foreign workers. If the assessment is positive, a report outlining the
conditions of the job being offered by the employer, the names of the
employees, and also the expiry date of the LMO will be listed in the
document issued by Service Canada.
positive LMO has been issued, it must be forwarded to the employees
abroad to enable them to obtain a visa and/or a work permit that will
allow them entry to the country with the rights and obligations of any
other worker. If the worker is already in Canada, a work permit renewal
application must be sent. Trustus Immigration Consultancy
can also handle the processing of the work permit and visas for the
workers abroad or the work permit extensions in Canada.
Service Canada receives thousands of applications per year which they
accept or refuse depending on different circumstances. Service Canada
will check if:
The job offer and the company are genuine
The wages and working
conditions are in line with those offered to
reasonable efforts to hire or train Canadians
The foreign worker is
filling a labour shortage OR if hiring a foreign
will directly create new job opportunities or help to retain
for Canadians OR the foreign worker will transfer new skills
knowledge to Canadians.
This hiring will not
affect a labour dispute or the employment of any
worker involved in such a dispute.
are also situations where pre-approvals are requested. They allow the
employer to recruit foreign workers with the security that once
suitable foreign workers have been recruited, positive Labour Market
Opinions will be issued.
are some pilot projects and special programs that are in effect for
most provinces. These vary in conditions and requirements
according to the specific needs of each province.
programs or pilot projects have been launched to facilitate the
processing of Labour Market Opinions throughout the country such as:
Foreign Workers for ccupation under pressure.
for occupation requiring lower levels of formal training
Live-in Caregiver programme.
- Seasonal Agricultural Program (SAWP).
International students Graduating from recognized
- Hiring Foreign information Technology Specialists.
will gladly provide you with a free assessment of your particular case
and tell you the possible venues in which you can obtain a positive
Labour Market Opinion.