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Posted on February 07 2023

Highly Skilled Foreign Workers can get Canada LMIA processed in 10 business days

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Updated November 16 2023

Highlights: Canada LMIA processing in 10 days

  • Canada has announced measures to address the shortage in the workforce in the country.
  • IRCC plans to reduce the processing time of LMIA to 10 days.
  • LMIA is conducted to hire international professionals so that the hiring has a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian job market.
  • LMIA used to take 21 days to be processed.
  • The Temporary Foreign Worker Program operated by the IRCC helps in filling the workforce shortage.

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Abstract: Canada plans to reduce the processing time of LMIA from 21 days to 10 days.

Canada operates the TFWP or Temporary Foreign Worker Program through IRCC or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. It helps Canadian employers address labor and skills shortages in their organizations when no qualified Canadians or permanent residents are available.

Canadian employers hiring international professionals under this program are required to complete the LMIA or Labor Market Impact Assessment. It is done to demonstrate that recruitment will either have a positive or neutral effect on the job market in Canada.

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Know more about the changes in Canada LMIA processing

Earlier, the LMIAs were processed in approximately 21 business days across the 7 streams authorized by the IRCC. The streams include:

  • Global Talent Stream
  • Permanent Residence stream
  • Agricultural stream
  • High-wage stream
  • Low-wage stream
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
  • In-home caregivers stream

To address the shortage in the workforce, IRCC has announced the reduction of the processing time of the LMIA to 10 business days.

Despite the speedy processing time, the employers who are categorized in the abovementioned stream must fulfill the program requirements needed to assess the TFWP applications

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LMIAs for professionals in skilled trade occupations

The 10 business day processing period is available for Canadian employers hiring international professionals in the skilled trades listed below:

  • Deemed essential for infrastructural development
  • Natural resource extraction

The professionals have an income at or more than the median income in the province or territory where they work.

The following occupations listed below are eligible for the speedy LMIA processing:

Eligible Occupations under LMIA
NOC 2021 Code Occupation
72011 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
72013 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
72014 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
72310 Carpenters
72020 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
72021 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
82010 Supervisors, logging and forestry
82020 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
82021 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
83110 Logging machinery operators
82030 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
92010 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
92011 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
92013 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
93100 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
92100 Power engineers and power systems operators
92101 Water and waste treatment plant operators
72100 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
72102 Sheet metal workers
72104 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
72105 Ironworkers
72106 Welders and related machine operators
72200 Electricians (except industrial and power systems)
72201 Industrial electricians
72202 Power system electricians
72203 Electrical power line and cable workers
72204 Telecommunications line and cable workers
72205 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
72300 Plumbers
72301 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
72302 Gas fitters
72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72401 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
72402 Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
72403 Railway carmen/women
72404 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
72406 Elevator constructors and mechanics
72500 Crane operators
73402 Drillers and blasters - surface, mining, quarrying and construction
73402 Water well drillers
83100 Underground production and development miners
83101 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
93101 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

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LMIAs for other international professionals

The expedited processing for LMIA is available for Canadian employers offering international professionals an income that meets or is more than the top 10% of income earned by citizens or international individuals having Canada PR visa in a particular province or territory of Canada. Temporary foreign workers under this category are highly skilled in their professions, with skills rarely found in the Canadian workforce.

The median hourly income effective April 30, 2022, in each province and territory of Canada, is given in the table below:

Median Hourly Income in Canada
Province/Territory Median Hourly Income (in CAD)
Alberta 28.85
British Columbia 26.44
Manitoba 23
Ontario 26.06
Quebec 25
Saskatchewan 25.96
Prince Edward Island 21.63
New Brunswick 21.79
Newfoundland and Labrador 24.29
Nova Scotia 22
Northwest Territories 37.3
Nunavut 36
Yukon 32

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LMIAs for international professionals employed for short duration

The 10 business-day LMIA processing is available for Canadian employers who hire international professionals for not more than 120 days. The income offered to the international professionals in these cases must be the same or more than the provincial or territorial average in the place where the job is located.

There are more than 1 million job vacancies in Canada and a lucrative income. These factors make Canada a popular work overseas destination among international professionals. They can also apply for Canada PR if they meet certain requirements of the Canadian streams or programs.

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