Getting a Canadian work visa can be quite complex and time-consuming, especially with you being able to obtain a visa through several programs. This is great news as a foreign national but it also means that each program will have different eligibility requirements.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to get an employer-specific work permit and how you go about receiving a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which is the main requirement to work at the top LMIA available jobs in Canada.
Top LMIA Required Jobs in Canada
Below is a table of the top jobs in Canada that require an LMIA. They are considered great occupations as they are in demand in certain provinces and pay top salaries.
|Top LMIA Required Jobs in Canada|
|NOC Code||Occupation Title||Average Salary CAD|
|0213||Computer and Information Systems Managers||$93,039 per year|
|2173||Software Engineers and Designers||$77,214 per year|
|2147||Computer Engineers||$71,482 per year|
|8252||Farm Supervisor||$70,948 per year|
|3211||Medical Laboratory Technologists||$69,419 per year|
|3233||Licensed Practical Nurse||$55,144 per year|
|3413||Nurse Aides||$44,233 per year|
|4411/4412||Caregiver||$50,775 per year|
|8431||General Farm Workers||$36,923 per year|
What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that is required by Canadian employers before hiring a foreign national worker. A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign skilled worker because there are no Canadian citizens or permanent residents available to fill the position.
If an LMIA is needed, it’s the employer’s responsibility to apply for one and only then can you apply for a Canadian work permit.
See LMIA explained in the video below.
Canadian Programs to Obtain Employer-Specific Work Visa
There are several Canadian programs in which you can obtain an employer-specific visa, also known as a closed work visa. Obtaining this visa means you’re automatically in need of an LMIA. The programs are mentioned below:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is designed to help Canada’s economic growth by filling its labour shortages with new skills and knowledge provided by foreign skilled workers. Canadian employers favour this program because it makes it easier for them to temporarily hire foreign workers.
The TFWP includes the following streams:
1. Global Talent Stream
The Global Talent Stream (GTS) allows Canadian employers access to highly skilled global talent by creating an easy and simple pathway. The need for highly skilled foreign talent is to allow the Canadian workforce to grow and develop. Not only do employers love this pathway because it makes the process simple but also for how quick the process becomes. It can be as short as two weeks, which is great if you want to work in Canada sooner than later.
The Global Talent Stream has two categories, they are:
This category is for employers who have been referred to the Global Talent Stream by one of the stream’s designated partners. Employers are required to hire individuals with unique or specialized talent.
This category is for employers who want to hire highly skilled foreign workers to fill positions for in-demand jobs in Canada found on the Global Talent Occupations List.
You could qualify for this stream if your occupation is on the list, it includes:
1. Computer and information systems managers
- NOC Code - 0213
- Average Salary - $93,039 per year
2. Database analysts and data administrators
- NOC Code - 2172
- Average Salary - $66,903 per year
3. Computer programmers and interactive media developers
- NOC Code - 2174
- Average Salary - $61,509 per year
2. Home Care Providers
There are two immigration pilots available to you if you’re a home care provider. They are:
Home Child Care Providers
As a home care child provider, you’ll be helping parents look after their children and may even need to help out with household duties. You’re able to provide the care either in your home or in the employer’s home. Occupations that are eligible to apply include:
- Au pair;
- Foster parent;
- Child care live-in-caregiver; and
- Child care provider - private home.
Home Support Worker Pilot
If you’re working in Canada as a home support worker, then you would most likely be helping people with disabilities, the elderly, providing companionship during recovery or incapacitation. Your every day may include feeding, bathing, preparing meals and administering medication. The list of duties will depend on what your employer may need. Occupations that are eligible to apply include:
- Home support worker;
- Personal care attendant - home care;
- Doula; and
- Family caregiver.
Another stream to obtain an employer-specific work permit and work in the top LMIA available jobs in Canada include:
1. Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) allows Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers, such as yourself, when there aren’t any Canadians or permanent residents available. Employers can hire foreign workers for a maximum period of eight months.
You’re eligible for a work permit under the agriculture workers program and can apply if:
- you are a citizen from a participating Caribbean country;
- your government recruited you, and;
- your government recruited you, and.
The participating countries include:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St. Kitts-Nevis;
- St. Lucia;
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
Why Work in Canada?
Working in Canada as a foreign national can mean more than a good salary, a healthier work-life balance and social benefits for you because it also means you could be eligible to stay in Canada permanently. By gaining work experience in the country, you could become eligible for the Canadian Work Experience (CEC) program. The CEC falls under the Express Entry and your chances of successfully obtaining Canadian permanent residency through the CEC is significant.
This is because having a job or Canadian work experience gets you points and having both would mean even more points. The higher your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is, the higher your chances are.
So check if you qualify today and you could be well on your way to working in one of the top LMIA available jobs in Canada.