ESDC published new LMIA processing times for April 2024

Author: John Black | | Categories: Entrepreneur

LMIA processing times for April 2024

On May 14, 2024, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the average LMIA processing times for April 2024 under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centers, this update provides a view of the current average LMIA processing times. 

It’s important to note that the processing times have increased for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and Permanent Residence Stream and decreased for the High-wage and Low-wage Streams. 

Average LMIA processing times for April 2024

Processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications may vary depending on a variety of factors, including the amount of applications submitted by the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program.

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The following table, which is updated monthly, shows the average processing time by stream. Consider these times when you plan for your employment needs.

StreamTime in business days
Global Talent Stream7
Agricultural stream13
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program10
High-wage stream43
Low-wage stream46
Permanent resident stream80

These updated processing times are crucial for employers and applicants to plan their hiring and application strategies effectively. The increases in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and Permanent Residence Stream indicate a need for longer preparation times, while the reductions in High-wage and Low-wage Streams suggest improved efficiencies in those categories.

For employers, understanding these timelines can help in aligning recruitment efforts with business needs, ensuring that labor demands are met without significant delays. Applicants, on the other hand, can better anticipate the duration of their application process, allowing for more accurate personal and professional planning.

The updated LMIA processing times published by ESDC on May 14, 2024, reflect ongoing adjustments to meet the dynamic needs of Canada’s labor market. With some streams experiencing increased processing times and others seeing reductions, it is essential for stakeholders to stay informed and adapt accordingly. 

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