If you’ve been looking for jobs in Canada you may have heard of an LMIA as a possible requirement. Lucky for you, however, applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMIA is not your responsibility but that of your potential Canadian employer and not all jobs need them.
What is an LMIA
An LMIA is a document that shows that there are no suitable applicants to fill a vacant position in Canada. The Government requires that all vacancies are advertised for a minimum of three months before extending the job offer to international applicants. Receiving a positive LMIA indicates that there is a labour gap in the job market that needs to be filled by international skilled workers as not doing so may have a negative impact on the Canadian economy.
LMIAs are a requirement for most people to be able to work in Canada, but there are some exemptions. Take a look at some of the top jobs that only require a Canadian work visa and could possibly offer or lead to permanent residency in Canada!
Top Canadian Jobs That Don’t Require an LMIA
1. Experienced Healthcare and Essential Workers
As Canada continues to enforce COVID-19 travel restrictions to those traveling for leisure or for reasons deemed unessential, the Government has recently announced that it will be launching 6 new Canadian permanent residency streams for temporary foreign workers as of May 6, 2021. This is to help speed up Canada’s economic recovery and fight the pandemic effectively.
There are however a limited number of applications that will be accepted.
New Healthcare Professionals, Essential Worker & Graduate Streams
- Temporary Foreign Workers in Healthcare - 20,000 applications;
- Temporary Foreign Workers in Other Essential Occupations - 20,000 applications; and
- International Graduates from Canadian Institutions - 40,000 applications.
Depending on your level of expertise, work experience and occupation you could earn anywhere between $51,000 to $142,290 per year as a healthcare professional and $13,55 to $30.32 per hour as an essential worker.
There will be 40 eligible healthcare occupations as well as 95 essential worker professions and those with at least one year of Canadian work experience will be able to apply. Although these jobs may normally require an LMIA, based on the information currently available and the fact that these professions are in extreme demand in Canada, applicants will likely not need an LMIA to be considered eligible.
- At least one year of Canadian work experience in a relevant eligible occupation within the last 3 years at the time of application;
- Language proficiency: CLB/NCLC 4 in either English or French;
- Meet the necessary language requirements;
- Legally working in Canada at the time of application
- Have a valid temporary residence status and in Canada at the time of application
- Intend to live in a province or territory outside of Quebec
- Must apply for permanent residency online
- Must be deemed admissible
If you qualify for any of these streams be sure to apply as soon as possible as applications will be accepted up until November 5, 2021, or until the limit has been reached.
2. Tech Professionals
Tech Workers are in high demand in Canada, particularly in provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario, which have Canadian immigration programs designed specifically to help tech professionals find faster ways to live and work in Canada.
The BC Tech Pilot
The BC Tech Pilot is one of the fastest and most popular ways to get a job in tech in Canada. It has processing times of anywhere from two to three months invitations being issued to tech talent in weekly tech draws.
Of course, the Express Entry system is another Canadian immigration option however the competition may be greater, draws occur every two weeks and although you may not need a job offer to apply through Express Entry programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, positioning yourself in a province where tech professionals are in demand is a good choice. Having a job lined up before you arrive in Canada is always recommended and is better than risking having to tap into your savings to get by until you find suitable employment.
Depending on your level of expertise, work experience and occupations you could earn an average of about $44,617 to $76,238 per year.
The BC PNP Tech Draw requires that all applicants meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Have a job offer for one of the 29 eligible occupations;
- Intend to live and work in British Columbia;
- Meet the necessary language requirements;
- have relevant qualifications based on occupation;
- Have at least two years of relevant work experience; and
- Have sufficient settlement funds.
There are 29 eligible occupations that qualify for BC Tech Draws that could lead to an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency:
|Eligible Tech Occupations|
|NOC Code||Job Title|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|0512||Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5226||Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade|
3. Self-Employed Graphic Designers
In 2018, StatCan reported that 2.9 million people were self-employed in Canada, most of whom were based in British Columbia.
In today’s climate, more and more people are having to adjust to the aftermath of COVID-19 and are having to think outside of the box when it comes to work by offering their services on a freelance basis. The benefits of being your own boss include being able to have more freedom and independence, a work-family balance as well as flexible working hours.
If you have been a regular design self-starter for at least two years and are interested in working in Canada as a self-employed person you won’t need an LMIA. You will however need to show that your contribution to the Canadian economy will be of significant interest to Canada.
Self-employed graphic designers can earn around $18,23 per hour.
The Self-employed Visa Program requires that all applicants meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Have at least two one-year periods of relevant experience;
- Intend to be self-employed in Canada;
- Score a minimum of 35 points according to the selection criteria scoring system; and
- Meet medical, security, and other conditions
Applicants will be scored based on the following factors:
- Language abilities in English or French;
Experienced writers are another profession that is in need in Canada that doesn’t necessarily require having an LMIA. If you prefer to work freelance then the Self-employed visa program may be for you. If, however, you're looking for a fast-tracked pathway to Canadian permanent residency, then the BC PNP Tech pilot may be your best option.
Not only will you have your visa for Canada processed in two to three months but you’ll be positioned in one of the top urban centers in Canada, allowing you to network with other creatives.
Self-employed writers can earn around $24,11 per hour or around $44,751 per year for full-time jobs.
Depending on which immigration and visa option you choose, please see the requirements for the Self-employed visa program or BC PNP Tech Pilot above
5. Other Options that Don’t Need an LMIA
Other options that don’t need an LMIA are international free trade agreements that fall under the International Mobility Program, such as the Canada United States Mexico Agreement (CUMSA). These agreements help trade workers, skilled workers and investors work in Canada without an LMIA, including eligible applicants that are transferring from a branch in their home country to a Canadian branch.
Each trade agreement has specific requirements which need to be met. Below are the Canada-International Free Trade Agreements:
Canada-International Free Trade Agreements
- North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);
- Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUMSA);
- Canada-Chile FTA/Canada-Peru FTA/Canada-Columbia FTA/Canada-Korea FTA;
- Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA);
- General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS);
- Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement; and
- Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
For more information about whether or not you can work in Canada without an LMIA, visit our blog here.
How Do You Know if You Don't Need an LMIA?
Whether you're a farmworker, tech professional, healthcare or essential worker, an electrician, or butcher the opportunities to find employment in Canada are endless. Whether or not you need an LMIA depends on the demand of your profession as well as the immigration or visa program you choose to apply for permanent residency in Canada through. If you do not qualify for permanent residency, there are plenty of Canadian work visas available, which could lead to permanent residency once you accumulate enough Canadian work experience.
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