In all other circumstances, employer eligibility for LMIA will be determined by a stream. Only if an employer applies for LMIA to support permanent residence, there is a requirement to be in business for at least 1 year before application. For all other types, employer requirements for LMIA are the following:
- Has a legitimate business.
- Provides goods or services to the public.
- Is able to pay a salary to a foreign worker.
- Has a genuine need for a foreign worker.
- Has not laid-off employees in the 12-months period preceding application.
Service Canada verifies whether these LMIA requirements for employers have been met through supporting documents. Download our Employer Checklist of Documents.
A common myth is that an employer must have a particular profit or turnover to apply for assessment. It may only be the case when arranged employment is a part of the provincial nomination process. What is important though – the employer’s ability to pay salary to a foreign worker.
Also, LMIA restrictions exist for some jobs and locations in Canada. This means that employers in some industry sectors and provinces can not apply.
For foreign workers looking for a job in Canada, there is no such list as LMIA Employers in Canada specifically accepting applications from temporary workers. However, temporary workers can apply for jobs on Job Bank. As a job advertisement on Job Bank is a must for LMIA employers wishing to hire a foreign worker, it may work sometimes.