CANADA: Processing Delays and New Wage Thresholds for Labour Market Impact Assessments

Expat Academy CANADA: Processing Delays and New Wage Thresholds for Labour Market Impact Assessments  Application Processing Delays

Employment and Social Development Canada is warning that average processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications have increased.

Applications for LMIAs under the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and those otherwise qualifying for expedited processing (highest paid positions, skilled trades, short duration positions and express entry applications), are still expected to be processed within ten business days.

However, Low-wage Stream LMIA applications are currently taking an average of 102 business days, while High-wage Stream LMIA applications average 106 business days.

Wage Thresholds

Effective 22 April 2019, Employment and Social Development Canada has published new provincial and territorial median hourly wages.

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