Canada: How To Obtain A Labour Market Opinion (LMO)

How to obtain an LMO in Canada

An LMO, or Labour Market Opinion, is something that companies must obtain before they can hire a foreign worker. LMOs can be obtained for a specific worker or position, or be a pre-approval for a series of positions. Labour Market Opinion

What an LMO does is ensure that there are no Canadians available in the area to do the job you are hiring for, which allows you to then bring in foreign workers.

Who does not need an LMO?

There are several different types of categories of foreign workers that do not need an LMO before they can work in Canada. These include workers covered under international agreements (including traders and investors under certain international agreements), workers nominated by a province for permanent residence, entrepreneurs, those in exchange programs, co-op students and the spouses of certain foreign workers.

How to obtain an LMO in Canada

You need to request a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada in order to obtain an LMO, and to do so you need to submit an application. A licensed immigration lawyer can assist you in the application process and any other corporate immigration needs you and your business may have.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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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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