LMO Suspension for Food Services Industry

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, this is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. April 25, 2014, the government suspended all LMOs, Labour Market Opinions for the food and service industry. This means that businesses in Canada that primarily offer food and drink are not able to offer jobs to foreign workers through the LMO, Labour Market Opinion process until further
notice. This is a suspension, it’s a result of some allegations of misuse or fraud with respect to the program on the part of employers.

Understanding the LMO Suspension for Food Services Industry

So the government took a very serious and hard hitting approach and suspended LMOs for the food services industry. Now there is a list of occupations, you can check our website for this. It’s important to note, that this does not affect the hotel industry which is good news for them. However, if you are currently on an LMO in the food services industry that is fine, it’s not going to affect you. If you are applying for an extension however, you won’t be able to do so. For those LMOs that are pending, or let’s say, those LMOs that are not filed yet under the food and
service industry, don’t bother until the government lifts the suspension.

Are You Interested in Having Your LMO Processed?

So we will keep you posted and updated with any further developments on this story. However, LMOs still are being processed generally and if you are in the food and services industry, you can contact us and see what other options you have, whether or not your a employer or a perspective employee. Thank you and have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you get LMO application processed.

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

  • S. Patel

    I am taking over an existing fast food restaurant and I am in need of Full time employees but they all need LMIA. So is it possible to start processing for LMIA approval before taking over the business?

    • owen

      Hello S.,

      Thank you for the question. There are certain aspects of the LMIA application that you could begin prior to taking over the business, but in order to submit and have the application approved, you must be the legal employer within the business. We would be happy to help guide you through this complex application process, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.


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