A LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is a document an employer may need before hiring a foreign worker in Canada. A LMIA confirms that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill a job that can’t be filled by an existing Canadian resident. The purpose of LMIAs is to protect the Canadian labour market and to protect Temporary Foreign Workers who come to Canada to live and work. LMIA applications must be approved by the Canadian government before a foreign worker can begin work.

LMIA applications can be complex and time-consuming. They often require extensive communication with government agencies such as the IMWU (International Mobility Worker Unit) and TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program). Our immigration experts can help you quickly and easily fill out a LMIA application for the best chance of approval.

Who Should Apply for a LMIA?

Canadian employers who wish to hire temporary foreign workers must submit a LMIA application.

You will need a LMIA in Edmonton if you are an employer seeking to hire temporary foreign workers for your business. There are certain requirements you must meet well in advance of preparing a LMIA application, so get in touch with us as soon as possible to receive information and begin the process.

How Can We Help You?

Preferred Immigration can help increase the chances of the success of your LMIA application. The requirements of LMIA applications in Canada are extensive. Our knowledgeable staff have years of experience with LMIAs. We can help you understand when and how to apply for a LMIA for the best results. We’ll also help navigate through widely varying wait times for application approval, different types of LMIAs, and changes to the laws and regulations. When LMIA laws are updated, we can assist temporary foreign workers and their employers in adjusting to these changes.

Streamline Your Hiring Processes

If you own or operate a business that needs foreign workers to fill a labour gap, you can streamline your hiring process for foreign workers with help from Preferred Immigration. As part of our full suite of immigration services for Edmonton, Preferred Immigration is happy to help with any LMIA application. Contact our professional immigration consultants to book a free consultation about your LMIA in Edmonton today.

Do I Need a LMIA in Edmonton?

Not sure if your business requires a LMIA? To find out, get in touch with one of our professionals. We can easily determine whether you need a LMIA in Edmonton or elsewhere in Canada, and take the first steps in the process.


Businesses recruiting deeply in a particular field or for an extended period of time often choose to apply for a LMIA pre-approval. This is intended for businesses expecting to hire a foreign worker or foreign workers in the near future.

A LMIA pre-approval is an approval “in principle.” Essentially, it is an approval for hiring a foreign worker for the position. Upon a successful LMIA pre-approval, foreign workers are recruited to fill a given position in hopes of being accepted. However, LMIA pre-approvals are not person-specific. Once a temporary foreign worker has been hired for the position, a person-specific LMIA must still be obtained. We’re always available to answer questions about the difference between typical LMIAs and pre-approvals, and we can help you determine which will be more beneficial for your business.

Do I Need Help with a LMIA Pre-Approval?

A pre-approval allows a business to recruit extensively or for a longer period. Though related to a LMIA, pre-approvals may vary greatly from a standard LMIA application. Our LMIA services can make the pre-approval process simple and easy.

Call for an appointment. 780 430 7988