How Does an LMO Help me get a Work Permit for Vancouver in 2012?

An LMO, or Labour Market Opinion, is a vital component of the foreign skilled worker program in Canada. While the foreign worker will make their own application to come to Canada as a skilled worker, their employer will apply for a labour market opinion on their behalf. The worker will then receive a copy of the labour market opinion (if positive, or approved) for their own application. 

What is a labour market opinion?

A labour market opinion is an application that an employer makes before they can bring foreign skilled workers to Canada. They will submit it to the government and if they get it approved, they will receive what is called a positive labour market opinion.

The goal of the labour market opinion is to satisfy the Canadian government that there were no willing or able Canadians to fill the job that they have an opening for. This means that they have not been able to find any Canadians that were suitable for the job, and had to bring in skilled workers from another country.

To prove this to the government, they must show that they have advertised their job somewhere where qualified Canadians would see it, and that any Canadian applicants that did apply for the job were not suitable for the job.

In addition to proving that there were no Canadians available to fill the job opening, the employer will also have to demonstrate that:

Your working conditions are safe and that you are paying the prevailing wage for the occupation in your region, as well as that bringing a foreign worker to Canada would benefit the labour market, create new jobs or bring new skills and knowledge to Canada.

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