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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Canadian employers may have to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before the foreign national they are looking to hire can apply for a work permit. LMIA is an application made by the employer to Employment and Social Development Canada, Service Canada in order to get permission to hire a foreign worker.

An LMIA application is required to prove that there is a need for a temporary worker and that no Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available to do the job.

There are some jobs in Canada that are exempt from having an employer obtain an LMIA. Our immigration law group will assist your prospective employer to determine whether an LMIA application is required. Even if the job is LMIA-exempt, the employer must submit an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and pay an employer compliance fee. Our team can assist your company with these steps. If the LMIA application is successful, we can prepare and submit the work permit application. 

In order to obtain an LMIA, employers must advertise the position for at least four weeks and interview candidates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The recruitment process is far from straightforward, as it varies depending on the stream.

We often advise Canadian employers on advertising requirements and provide meaningful support with the LMIA application process under any stream.

Our Team

Learn more about Angela Belair.

Angela Belair

Legal Assistant - Immigration Law
Learn more about Elena Ashford.

Elena Ashford

Associate - Immigration Law