Work Permit Expires Soon. Do you need to apply for a new LMO?

Is it necessary for an employer to apply for an LMO for someone who is already employed permanently?

One of our staff members’ work permit is expiring soon, and we’re not sure if we need to apply for another LMO for him in order to renew his work permit.




First of all, when someone is on a work permit, it is never permanent. Work permits are always temporary and always have an expiry date. Also when issued an LMO (Labor Market Opinion) from Service Canada, that too has an expiry date. In most cases, the validity of a work permit and an LMO have the same expiry date. If this is the case, then your company will have to apply for a new LMO for this employee and once that is approved, then a new work permit.


You should note that there has been some recent changes to the LMO procedure. See our blog on the subject here.


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

  • amit chopra

    Dear Sir,
    we want know if your office deals Work Permits. My friends and I are ready for work in Canada.

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