Categories of Occupations Generally Requiring LMO
(Labour Market Opinions)
High-Skilled Occupations: Requests to hire skilled foreign workers (i.e., in high-skilled
occupations) usually require an LMO, but as previously noted, some categories of work
do not require an LMO.
Lower-Skilled Occupations: Requests to hire foreign workers in occupations that usually
require at most a high school diploma or job-speciﬁc training will likely require an LMO.
Seasonal Agricultural Workers: Requests to hire seasonal agricultural workers from any
foreign country will require an LMO.
Live-in Caregivers: Requests to hire live-in caregivers (i.e., under the Live-in Caregiver
Program) will require an LMO.
If the Job Offer Requires an LMO
Your employer will be required to complete an Application for a Labour Market Opinion
and submit it to the appropriate Service Canada Centre serving his region.
Service Canada considers the following factors in an LMO application
The occupation in which the foreign worker will be employed
The wages and working conditions offered to the foreign worker
The employer’s advertisement and recruitment efforts to hire Canadians/
The associated labour market beneﬁts that may occur from hiring the foreign
worker (e.g., transfer of new skills/knowledge, creation/retention of jobs, etc.)
Consultations with organized labour if the position the foreign worker will ﬁll is
part of a bargaining unit
Determination if the entry of the foreign worker is likely to affect the settlement of
an ongoing labour dispute
* Please note that for certain occupations the employer may also be required to
submit an employment contract which will be considered as part of the LMO