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Labour Market Opinions - Major Changes

The Canadian government has introduced major changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) process for hiring temporary foreign workers.

With some limited exceptions, a Canadian employer is required to obtain an LMO if it wants to offer a job to a foreign national. An LMO is granted if there is a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labour market.

Effective today, July 31, 2013, the following major changes to the LMO process were put into force.

Filing Fee

Until today, there was no cost to filing an LMO application. The filing fee is now $275 per position sought under the LMO. The fee is payable at the time that the LMO application is made. 

Language Requirements

An employer can only identify English and French as requirements for the job, both in the LMO application and advertising, unless the employer can demonstrate that a foreign language is essential to the position.

Advertising requirements

  • A minimum of 4 weeks of advertising is now required before an LMO application is filed. 
  • In addition to advertising in the National Job Bank, employers must show that they have used at least 2 other recruitment methods that are consistent with the practices for that particular occupation
    • For higher skilled occupations, efforts need to be national in scope
    • For lower skilled occupations, efforts must be made to target under-represented groups in the labour force
  • Active recruitment of Canadians for the position must continue until the LMO has been issued
Additional questions about the impact on the Canadian job market

Employers must answer additional questions on the LMO application to ensure that the program is not being used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs.

You can find the full release here:


  1. A lot of on the net Jobs in advertising opportunities on the internet are really simply education applications intended for starting your online business.

  2. Simply letting anyone work anywhere - the crux of it, "simply". Nothing is simple in the Western Welfare Democracies. I am more than happy that people who simply want to work here are allowed to do so but that is not the nature of the migration

    Canada work permit


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