Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
Most employers need an LMIA before they can hire a temporary foreign worker. Before you start the hiring process, you must determine if you need an LMIA.
A LMIA confirms:
there is a need for a temporary foreign worker
there are no Canadians or permanent residents are available to do the job
In order to determine if an employer or employee need an LMIA or may be exempted from it review the LMIA exemption codes and work permit exemptions. You can also contact the International Mobility Workers Unit if the employee is from a country that is visa-exempted and currently outside Canada.