The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a process that determines the impact of hiring foreign workers on the Canadian labour market and work force.
What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?
Whenever intending to hire a foreign worker, a Canadian employer needs to justify that no pre-existing Canadian (citizen or PR) qualifies for the job vacancy available and that it can be fulfilled only by a foreign worker.
It is the responsibility of every Canadian employer to procure this LMIA document (formerly known as Labour Market Opinion – LMO) before they proceed with a foreign hire.
The Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is responsible for the process of assessing and verifying an offer of employment. This is primarily done to ensure that there is no negative impact on the Canadian labor market.
It is generally observed that obtaining a positive LMIA has higher chances if it is located in major Canadian cities. A specialized position with a high salary has a brighter chance of a positive LMIA.
Which are some of the best LMIA jobs in Canada?
Some of the popular LMIA jobs in Canada include:
Farm Supervisor: With animal production, horticulture, aquaculture, and grain generating over 2.3 million jobs, the agricultural sector is one of the key high revenue generation sectors of Canada. With the booming industry and labor shortages, there is a constant need for experienced farm workers and supervisors.
Care-givers: With more individuals over 65 years of age than under 15 years, it is also estimated that more than 20% of Canadians would be over the retirement age in another decade. This has opened up more opportunities for care providers at home and children.
Truck Drivers: A lot many key industries in Canada rely heavily on logistic support and transportation. As such, truck drivers are quite in demand in every province, making this one of the best LMIA jobs to go after.
Web Designers: The Coronavirus pandemic opened the need for more online platforms as much as for specialized tech professionals, and it will only increase in the years to come as the world moves towards digitalization. Pathways such as the Global Talent Stream allow for expediting work permit processing for specialized professionals.