LMIA 101: Hiring International Job Seekers
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Employers can either take the time to train new people, a perfectly normal and smart practice for businesses in any industry, or after they have failed to find someone from within Canada to fill the job they can look to other countries to attract experienced job seekers for their full-time and seasonal positions.
One of the first steps to hiring someone from Australia, United States, Germany or any other country is to apply for a LMIA - Labour Market Impact Assessment. The purpose of LMIA is to determine whether hiring foreign nationals will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labour market.
How it Works
LMIAs are issued by Service Canada, a division of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). During the assessment process they will test if your search for the Canadian employee was genuine, checking how many candidates have applied, have you made job offers to any Canadian or permanent residents. They will also assess whether hiring foreigners will cause job loss or creation, will this positively impact other employees of your business or not. As an employer you will need to keep all the records for 6 years.
Before you apply you need to determine whether the LMIA is to be placed in the High Wage or Low Wage application streams. The wage being offered for the position will determine the stream you need to apply for LMIA.
If you are offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker that is:
- at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, you must apply under the High Wage stream: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/median-wage/high.html
- below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, you must apply under the Low Wage Stream https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/median-wage/low.html
To determine what stream is applicable for you just have a look at CIC website : https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/median-wage.html
Advertising for LMIA purposes
For the purposes of your LMIA application you must advertise for at least 4 weeks and then wait until the LMIA is issued at www.jobbank.ca (the government own website) and two more advertising channels, one of which must be national such as www.workhorsehub.ca.
So this might have scared you out of the idea of hiring international job seekers but there are other ways as well.
There are a bunch of programs under which you can hire temporary workers who are visa exempt and without LMIA including:
International Mobility Agreements such as NAFTA, International Experience Canada and Francophonic programs
You can also become a part of the Express Entry intake. Your conditional job offer can support the foreigner Express Entry Permanent Residence application and again - you will avoid all the LMIA application hassle.
Finding the right talent for your job openings is always work but there have never been more ways to make sure you hire a great new employee for your business. Make sure you check out all the resources in this post and feel free to reach out with any questions you might have, the WorkHorse team is here for you!