How To Obtain A Labour Market Opinion (LMO)

An LMO, or Labour Market Opinion, is something that companies must obtain before they can hire a foreign worker. LMOs can be obtained for a specific worker or position, or be a pre-approval for a series of positions.

Understanding the LMO

What an LMO does is ensure that there are no Canadians available in the area to do the job you are hiring for, which allows you to then bring in foreign workers.

Who does not need an LMO?

There are several different types of categories of foreign workers that do not need an LMO before they can work in Canada. These include workers covered under international agreements (including traders and investors under certain international agreements), workers nominated by a province for permanent residence, entrepreneurs, those in exchange programs, co-op students and the spouses of certain foreign workers.

How to obtain an LMO in Canada

You need to request a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada in order to obtain an LMO, and to do so you need to submit an application. A licensed immigration lawyer can assist you in the application process and any other corporate immigration needs you and your business may have.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

2 thoughts on “How To Obtain A Labour Market Opinion (LMO)

  1. thea

    Hi Micheal,
    There is a situation when you want to move to a new employer with the same job. Would it be possible that employer B (your future New employer) can apply for an lmo for you while you are still working with employer A? And you will only be resigning from employer A when you are ready to apply for a new working permit with employer B?
    Thanks in Advance.

    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Thea. I already answered this question on another post but I will also answer it here:
      Thanks for your question. The answer to your question is “yes”. You can apply for a new job and a new LMO while working for your current employer provided you are on valid status. Note that you will not be able to work for your new employer until that employer has an approved LMO and you have a work permit.
      Hope that helps!


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