What is a Labour Market Opinion and do I need one?


What is a Labour Market Opinion?

An employer or company who wants to hire a foreign worker or multiple foreign workers has to explain to the government why they weren’t able to hire any Canadians for their job opening or multiple job openings. This is essentially what obtaining a labour market opinion is, and a labour market opinion is also called an LMO.

A Labour Market Opinion is like permission to hire foreign workers to come to Canada.

You will have to show:

1. Any benefits bringing a foreign worker to Canada may bring to your local job market, for example the creation of new jobs or the introduction of new skills and knowledge.

2. That you offer safe working conditions and pay the prevailing wage for your area.

3. That you have made every effort to hire a Canadian worker to do the job, but that there were none available or there were none who were qualified.

Once you obtain a positive labour market opinion, each foreign worker you intend to hire will need a copy of it to include in their Canadian work visa or work permit application.

Do I need a Labour Market Opinion?

There are a few exceptions to who needs a labour market opinion to come to Canada. These exceptions include:

1. Spouses of Highly Skilled Workers who instead qualify under the Spousal Pilot Project.

2. Citizens of the United States that have occupations qualifying under the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).

3. Foreign students with a valid Canadian study permit.

4. Computer professionals whose occupations qualify under the Software Development Workers Pilot Project.

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