ESDC processing times updated for LMIA applications

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ESDC processing times

ESDC processing times updated for LMIA applications Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the processing times for the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. 

Based on statistics from all processing centers, the current average LMIA processing times reduced for all streams except for Global Talent and the two agricultural streams: 

Application TimeAverage Processing Time
Global Talent Stream10 business days (+ 1 day)
Agricultural stream18 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program11 business days (+3 days)
Permanent residence stream17 business days (-6 days)
In-home caregivers25 business days (-11 days)
High-wage stream34 business days (-4 days)
Low-wage stream36 business days (-3 days)


Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

The Canadian government’s ESDC department is in charge of the federal labor market and social programs. The department manages a number of federal government programs and services, including, among others, Employment Insurance, Service Canada sites, the federal Labor Program, the Canada Pension Plan, and the Canada Student Loan Program.


What is Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)? 

Before hiring a foreign worker, a Canadian employer may be required to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

A positive LMIA will show that a foreign worker is required to fill the position. Additionally, it will show that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is suitable for the position. A confirmation letter is yet another term for a positive LMIA.

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