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Changes coming to Service Canada for LMO Processing

Online filing

On April 1, 2012, Service Canada is expected to launch its long-awaited web service which will allow users to file applications online. The system is expected to lower processing times for Labour Market Opinions (LMOs), which at present is taking about 6 weeks.

Employers and third party representatives will have to register for an account online and provide certain documents to Service Canada as part of that process. Expect to see further details on April 1st.

Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (ALMO)

The ALMO process is also scheduled to launch on April 1, 2012. The program allows certain employers to file LMO applications and receive expedited processing. The program is designed to benefit employers who have a clean compliance history with the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

The two main objectives of the program are:
  1. to improve program integrity
  2. to increase efficiency
It is expected that ALMOs will be processed within 10 days of submission.

In order to participate, employers must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • have had at least one positive LMO within the last 2 years
  • have a clean compliance record with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • not have been subject to an investigation, an infraction or a serious complaint, and have no unresolved violations under provincial laws
Employers must also consent to participate in future audit processes.


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