LMO not required for Haitians to work in Canada before applying for Work Permits

Haitians exempt from Labour Market Opinion (LMO) to work in Canada

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today that, “It’s important for Haitians already in Canada to know that if they need a work permit, they can now obtain one much more easily.”

While most people will need a labour market opinion (LMO), which ensures that allowing immigrants to work in Canada will have no adverse impact on the labour market, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has removed this normally mandatory step in getting a Canadian work permit.

This new work in Canada exemption for LMOs applies only to Haitians

This new rule only applies to Haitians who have been in Canada since before January 13th, 2011, which includes the many people from Haiti that are staying with friends and family members in Canada while Haiti recovers from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

“Given the continued health and safety concerns in Haiti, ensuring that Haitian nationals who are currently in Canada temporarily can work and support themselves in paramount,” said Kenney.

Eligible applicants have until September 1st to apply for these work permits in order to work in Canada.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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