Update on LMO suspension for Food Services: FAQs

There are many questions surrounding the recent decision by the Federal Government to suspend the LMOs for employers in the Food Services. Below are some answers to those questions we hope will help.

Who is effected?

Most establishments that sell food and drink will be effected by the latest cancellation of the FSW category for food servers. All restaurants, bars, places that prepare food and catering companies. This also includes all staff including servers, bartenders, kitchen staff, cleaners, security as well as managers and supervisors.

Who is not?

Hotels that operate with Food Services are not affected. Any food establishment being run by a third party on a premises that does not belong to the hotel will be effected. Any LMO that has not yet been approved will be suspended. This means that if a final decision has not been made they will cancel your application.

Anyone coming to Canada with an approved LMO will not be affected, if you have an existing approval you will be able to work under this status until it expires. All applications for extensions will be suspended in connection to the food services industry.

Who may need help?

If you are in Canada under a current connection with a positive LMO in the Food Services Industry you should seek more information and guidance on the options you may have before the work permit expires. Individuals who apply for a work permit extension before their work permit expires may have implied status. They may be able to stay in Canada until a decision is made with regards to the extension.

How long will this LMO suspension be in effect?

The minister has indicated that this decision will remain effective until there is a decision made and the review has been completed. While this may be temporary there is no guarantee that this will be a valid category to apply for in the future.

What to do?

Employers that hire Temporary Foreign Workers should start looking at their options now before any work permits expire. While this could be temporary there is no guarantee that the program will return in the future. Employers are encouraged to explore their options and obtain the right advice.

Anyone in Canada on a work permit in connection with positive Labour Market Opinions should look for help in looking over their options before their work permit expires. In some cases, you may be able to keep your current status.  Furthermore, applicants who are qualified should look at their options for permanent residency this will prevent them from being affected by any changes in the future.

Need help?

If you are employer or a foreign worker wishing to come to Canada, contact us and we may be able to help! Complete our free online assessment and we will get back to you

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

  • Anonymous

    I have already applied for open work permit canada temporary Submit application
    Date 17th March 2014
    Can I get visa
    Appointment date received
    Email [email protected]

    • Hello,

      Depending on where your country of origin or current country of residence, when you made (submitted) the application for a Open Work Permit, you would have been required to fill out the application for a Temporary Resident Visa. If you are from a country which is Visa-Exempt, you do not require a visa.

  • I have already applied for open work permit canada temporary Submit application
    Date 17th March 2014
    Can I get visa
    Appointment date received
    Email [email protected]

    • Anna Gorovaya

      Dear Gurpeet,
      If you would like to know the status of your application, please contact the Citizenship and Immigration website to check the status of your application. If you would like to know what is the procedure and requirements of the work permit and how we can help, please fill out our assessment form at http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/, and one of our Immigration specialist will be in touch with you shortly.
      Thank you!

      Thank you!

  • Sir I have already applied for open work permit Temporary resdiency
    L.m.o with
    Or receive appointment date also we have to go next day
    I received u.c.i number also
    Sir please
    Tel me we also suspensions
    Mob number 0091950108421
    Email [email protected]

    • Hello Gurpreet,

      Thank you for your post. We would be happy to assist you regarding your immigration situation in Canada.

      Please fill out our free assessment and one of our skilled representatives will assist you in determining your eligibility and guide you through the steps for your Labour Market Opinion and subsequent Work Permit. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

  • Bik kraiket

    I am working as a cashier at gas station. Can I apply for PR? And is supervisor at gas station or convenient store will be effected too?


    • Hello There,

      Yes, cashiers can apply for permanent residency, or PR, in Canada. If you have relocated to Canada from the US or other countries, you must have held a job for two years and be able to provide proof of job history to obtain permanent residency. And your employment will not be affected. If you would like to speak to one of our immigration consultants about your work permit, please fill out our online assessment form http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted directly.

      Thank you

  • nisal d

    can u make me lmo as a cook for hotels industry?pleas if u can send me the information that what i have to do.how long will it take?

    • owen

      Hello Nisal,

      Thank you for the question. The recent changes in the government’s policy related to LMOs may make obtaining one difficult if you work in the food services industry, however, we would be happy to guide you through the process of exploring LMOs as well as any other options which will allow you to work in Canada. In order to assist you further, please fill out our free online assessment, and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/


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