Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document an employer must obtain from the Canadian government before recruiting a foreigner to do a job in Canada. Canada is now waiving the advertising requirement for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in certain high-priority occupations.
Before an employer can be issued this document, it simply means that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent residence in the entire Canada that can do the job you are to be employed for. The employer will have to advertise the position for hire across various platforms for up to three months in some cases.
What are the odds of such? Except for some professional jobs such as managerial, scientific, professional, and technical positions. So if you are not a professor in Nuclear Physics or some highly placed professional positions, your employer may require an LMIA to be able to bring you to Canada to come and work.
But then, there are some jobs that the Canadian government may allow immigrants to come and do in Canada without LMIA provided you have legal entry into the country. I will be discussing the top 10 LMIA jobs for immigrants below.
- Registered Nurses
Registered nurses are the top in-demand skills in Canada and with this Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic, the demand for more registered nurses is at its all-time high.
So if you are a nurse and want to move to Canada to work, there are some amazing opportunities and benefits for you.
The aging population of Canada requires care for the elderly and this has made caregiving jobs a lucrative one in Canada.
The Caregiver Pilot Program has provided an opportunity for foreigners to work as home support staff or child caregivers without needing the Labor Market Impact Assessment LMIA to be hired.
3. Construction Managers/Civil Engineers/Electricians
The high demand for civil engineers, electricians, construction workers, and managers in some provinces in Canada such as Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan has provided an opportunity for immigrants or foreigners who are into construction to go to Canada to work without needing the Labor Market Impact Assessment LMIA to be hired.
4. Farm Supervisor
Due to the importance of Agriculture to the Canadian economy, farm supervisors are in high demand in Canada. Farmworkers are generally in high demand in Canada and as such may not need the Labor Market Impact Assessment LMIA to be hired.
The Agri-Food Pilot Program, Rural, and Northern Immigration Pilot, Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are some of the worker’s streams that provide excellent employment opportunities for any immigrant that want to come and work in the Agriculture sector in Canada.
Other occupations that can be hired without LMIA include;
- Butchers, meat cutters, and fishmongers-retail and wholesale (NOC 6331)
- Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 7511)
- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and specialized livestock workers (NOC 8252)
- General Farm Workers (NOC 8431)
- Nursery and Greenhouse Workers (NOC 8432)
- Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611)
- Fish and seafood plant workers (NOC 9463)
- Labourers in food, beverage, and associated products processing (NOC 9617)
- Labourers in fish and seafood processing (NOC 9618)
- Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and related workers (NOC 9462)
5. Software Engineering/Web Designers
In recent times, Canada’s tech industry has seen a massive level of growth due to the introduction of Tech Pilot programs in Canada such as the British Columbia BC PNP Tech Pilot, Ontario Tech Pilot, Start-up Visa Program, and the Global Talent Stream that has attracted Tech talents from all over the world.
Due to its need for more ICT workers, Canada offers many permanent and temporary pathways to support the sector. These include general programs for skilled workers and specific programs dedicated for tech talent.
Software engineering, Web designers, Artificial intelligence (AI), Software development and cybersecurity are some of the top positions in the sector and you do not need the Labor Market Impact Assessment LMIA to be hired.
6. Truck Driving
Truck driving is in high demand in all provinces in Canada. So many sectors of the Canadian economy rely on transportation such as Agriculture, Mining, oil and gas etc.
This has made truck drivers high in demand in Canada. Some provinces eve have dedicated immigration streams for foreign truck drivers. Though Canadian employers need an LMIA to employer truck drivers, the Canadian government has allowed employers to hire immigrants and foreigners without LMIA to make up for the shortage in this sector.
So if you are a truck driver, you can legally enter Canada and get a job without the limitation of the Labor Market Impact Assessment LMIA.
7. Professional Oil And Gas Drillers
Canada’s oil and gas industry is one of the biggest in the world. This sector is very important to Canada’s economy and has employed millions of people whether Canadian citizens, Permanent Residence or even skilled foreign workers.
Some provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario are looking for professional oil and gas drillers through the BC Provincial Nominee Program BC PNP and Ontario Nominee Program OINP immigration programs to come and work in Canada.