HRSDC/Service Canada Announces Changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Process

By Pace Law | March 18, 2011

John Burke

John Burke – Pace Law Firm: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has just announced a number of changes to its Labour Market Opionion application process which will be effective on April 1, 2011. This will coincide with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Regulatory changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which will also come into effect on that date.

Included in the changes will be new application forms. These will be available starting March 25th. One of the new application forms will be dedicated specifically to the Live-In Caregiver stream; the other will be designed for use with all other TFWP streams.

Completed LMO applications received by Service Canada by March 31, 2011, will be processed in accordance with the standard Program requirements. As of April 1, 2011, any LMO request received must be made using the new LMO application forms and will be processed in accordance with the new amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

In addition to the existing standard requirements to apply for a labour market opinion (LMO) under each stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), (HRSDC)/Service Canada will expand its evaluation criteria to include a more detailed description of the main business activities; an explanation of how hiring a temporary foreign worker (TFW) meets the employment needs of the employer; and a signed statement attesting that the employer will abide by the program requirements.

In submitting the new LMO applications, both new and returning employers will be required to include considerably more supporting documentation than previously. All returning employers will be required to demonstrate that they have met the terms and conditions of employment set out in previous LMO confirmation letters and annexes. In addition, some employers may be required to submit further documentation to support a more detailed employer compliance review (ECR)

HRSDC/Service Canada’s objectives in implementing these changes are to increase its emphasis on determining the genuineness of job offers made to foreign workers and to ensure that employers comply with the terms and conditions specified on all positive LMOs issued to them.

If an employer is found to be non-compliant, HRSDC/Service Canada may issue a negative LMO and revoke all positions on confirmed LMOs for which work permits have not yet been issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). As well, CIC may deem the employer ineligible to hire TFWs for two years and the employer’s name, address and period of ineligibility may also be published on a list of ineligible employers posted on CIC Web site.

Detailed information pertaining to these changes is available on HRSDC/Service Canada’s website.

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