Accelerated LMOs coming soon to a Canadian Employer Near you

Accelerated LMOs (ALMOs)

ALMOs are a great thing.They are a fast-track version for applications for Labor Market Opinions.  Service Canada will now process Skilled Workers and some other Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) applications on an accelated basis.  Canadian employers now don’t have to wait months and months to hire a TFW. Canada is getting the message that they have to be competitive in the global market place. 


Here are some highlights of Accelerated LMOs.


With ALMO’s, the government will “trust” Canadian employers upfront but will crack down hard on them after the fact: they must comply with the Attestations that they make up front and on compliance reviews later on.
With ALMO’s employers have the benefit of:


-online applications: TFW webservice: registration up front get employers registration so can e-sign
-lawyers and third party can have access to it.
-web service information is taken seriously and employers are to be held responsible


Employer compliance reviews

– the government will look at previous applications by employers (a 2 year look back) to ensure compliance.
-look at wages and conditions and skills of TFW
– 30 days for employers to get Service Canada their documents they need


Prevailing wage?

Employers must offer a TFW the prevailing wage in their occupation. The benchmark is now medium wage not average wage. Plus there is some flexibility –

-15% high skilled wages and 5% low skilled. Employers can give information about their their offer to of wage and ask for some discretion (not applicable in Quebec)

-employers must conduct advertising consistent with posted wage

Advertising and recruiting


-wages: Service Canada will look at best intention at wages at the time of posted wage and must advertise in good faith even if posted wages change


What is an immigration lawyers job in helping employers with ALMO Applications?

If employers are not in compliance later on, they will loose their privilege to use ALMO process and therefore  we, as lawyers, must make sure our clients know what attestations and compliance requirements are. Employers must read that information and it’s our job to make sure they are complaint and understand it.
We don’t want employers to fail their compliance review and so we should send a clear email to our clients on what they have to do to comply and make sure that they do so after the TFW is hired.


All in all, the ALMO is a great development in the law!

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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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