Labor Market Impact Assessment
A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued for an employer in Canada to hire foreign employees. A negative LMIA means the role should be filed by a Canadian or permanent resident. A positive LMIA means that a vacancy is not filled by a Canadian or a permanent resident, thereby authorizing the employer to recruit a foreign national worker. After receiving a positive LMIA, the foreign worker may apply for a work permit.
To apply for a work permit, a worker must possess:
A job offer letter
A copy of the LMIA
The LMIA number