Canada Allows Employers to Apply for Online Labor Market Impact Assessment -27th February, 2020

Canada Allows Employers to Apply for Online Labor Market Impact Assessment
Employers attending to recruit temporary immigrant workers can manage their Labour Market Impact Assessment (L.M.I.A) application by an online portal. The latest pilot project begins after several calls from Canadian business leaders to enhance the present LMIA process for companies.

Comprehensive Details About Online LMIA Process

The online pilot will enable Temporary Immigrant Worker Program (TFWP) companies to enroll for online access to maintain their accounts, perform transactions and also correspond with Service Canada, the Federal government’s website states.

The portal will be available using the identical login credentials that employers use to access the Job Bank for Employees. This will comprise an electronic questionnaire guiding the user by the completion of the L.M.I.A application and tracking its development. Users can upload relevant documents, back to their saved L.M.I.A application at any point of time and also view decision letters from Service Canada.

For years Canada's business community has been asking for the federal government to decrease red tape and processing times about recruiting temporary immigrant workers. Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, have put forth various recommendations for enhancements.

Corinne Pohlmann with C.F.I.B explained the process as complex, lengthy, and expensive. She told that there are still several improvements to be performed but the online system is somewhat “good news.”

Without the online system, companies can't track the applications and waiting times which are generally anywhere in between 3 to 12 months. Several business owners find it hard to get answers to their specific questions.

The LMIA is needed in most cases where an organization needs to hire international workers. It demonstrates the business tried hiring Canadian workers prior to looking abroad for expertise. It costs above $1,000 to present the application for each job that requires to be fulfilled, a fee that is not refundable even though the application is rejected. Companies are often not notified of the reasons for the refusal and therefore cannot evaluate whether or not it is beneficial to re-apply.

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