How to get an LMIA
You’ll need an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).The LMIA application process depends on the type of program you’re hiring through.
Find out how to apply for an LMIA to hire
· workers through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
workers through the Agricultural Stream
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) lets you hire temporary foreign workers to fill labour and skill shortages.
Once an LMIA has been issued, you should provide a copy of the confirmation letter to each temporary foreign worker and tell each of them to apply for a work permit.
You’ll need an LMIA from ESDC, Service Canada.
· The International Mobility Program (IMP) lets you hire temporary foreign workers without an LMIA.
If you hire a temporary foreign worker through the IMP, you need to
· pay an employer compliance fee
· submit an offer of employment form through the Employer Portal
This must be done before the temporary foreign worker you want to hire can apply for a work permit.
If you’re an employer in Quebec and are hiring through the TFWP, the temporary foreign worker will need a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Quebec Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) before a work permit can be issued.
If you’re an employer in Quebec and are hiring a temporary foreign worker through the IMP, a CAQ from the MIFI is not required.