Labour Market Opinions

Subject to many exceptions, an individual applying for a work permit must have his/her potential employer obtain a Labour Market Opinion. Such an opinion determines whether the issuance of a work permit to the foreign worker would have either a neutral or positive effect on Canada’s economy. In determining whether to issue a positive Labour Market Opinion, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada will consider numerous factors, including:

  • Verification of the employment offer;
  • Recruitment efforts;
  • Union consultation;
  • Job creation;
  • Transfer of skills;
  • Labour shortages; and
  • Wages and working conditions.

Our Service

We can, and do help, individuals obtain positive labour market opinions. Our preference, however, is to work towards ensuring that there is no need for a labour market opinion. This includes determining whether it is possible to obtain an exemption, having the employer registered for a pre-approval blanket LMO, and turning the application for temporary residence into a permanent one.

A labour market opinion is generally the biggest hurdle for a temporary worker. As such, it is important that your potential employer ensure that they are as comprehensive as possible in their application.