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LMIA – 83% Increase in Western Province in Canada

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December 4, 2023

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LMIA increase in Canada

The increase in the number of LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) applications in 2023 highlights a growing demand for experienced workers in Western Canada. According to statistics provided by Employment and Social Development Canada, there has been a significant rise of 39% in LMIA applications in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Notably, Western Canada has experienced a substantial surge of 83% in the number of LMIA applications, indicating a particularly high demand for skilled workers in that region. However, this surge in demand has resulted in a delay in processing times for LMIA work visa applications due to the sheer volume of submissions.

Employers in Western Canada seem to be actively seeking experienced workers, and the rise in LMIA applications suggests a robust labor market in the region. As a result, individuals interested in Canada immigration are encouraged to check their eligibility with SPS Canada Immigration. It’s important to note that the minimum score required for Canadian immigration is 67 points, as per the eligibility criteria.

The overall trend in increased LMIA applications underscores the attractiveness of Canada as a destination for skilled professionals and the growing opportunities available in Western Canada. Prospective immigrants are advised to stay informed about the latest developments and ensure they meet the eligibility criteria for immigration.


The processing time of LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) work visa applications varies across Canadian territories, with some regions experiencing delays due to a higher volume of applications. Here are some key points regarding LMIA processing times:


Regional Disparities in LMIA Applications:

Yukon is the only territory that received fewer LMIA applications this year.

Nunavut had the highest number of LMIA applications among all territories, with a significant increase of 535.7%.

Other territories with notable increases include the Northwest Territories (115.6%), Manitoba (103.3%), and Saskatchewan (103.2%).

LMIA Processing Time by Province:

According to federal data, Alberta has the longest processing time for LMIA applications in Canada.

This delay in Alberta is attributed to the province having fewer applications in priority processing streams.

The processing time for LMIA applications is 53 days in Manitoba, 50.3 days in Northwest Territories, and 46.7 days in Saskatchewan.

LMIA applications in Alberta:

A recent report by CBC indicates that the majority of LMIA applications in Alberta are in the agriculture and recurring agriculture worker streams.

The proportion of LMIA applications in Alberta for these streams is higher compared to Ontario (11%) and Quebec (18%).


What is Recognized Employee Program?

The Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) is a three-year pilot program launched in August 2022 as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program in Canada. This pilot program introduces a mechanism to redistribute Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications from high-demand territories to other territories. The goal is to address regional labor market needs more effectively and ensure a more equitable distribution of foreign workers across different areas of the country.


REP is a three-year pilot; employers are offered a smooth approach:

  • Access the TFWP regularly to fill in-demand positions from the REP job list
  • Those who meet the highest standards for working and living conditions and worker protection

REP will also provide:

  • Simpler and easier access to labor for employers and
  • More flexibility for the Canadian labor market

To be eligible for the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP), employers must meet the following criteria:


  1. Positive LMIA Decisions:

    • Have received at least 3 positive LMIA decisions for hiring temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in REP occupations within the past 5 years.
  2. High Standards:

    • Commit to maintaining the highest standards for working and living conditions and superior worker protection.
  3. TFWP Requirements:

    • Agree to adhere to the regular Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) requirements.


Amidst a surge in LMIA applications in Western Canada, SPS Canada Immigration offers expertise in navigating immigration complexities. As processing times vary, our team assists in assessing eligibility for seamless immigration. For employers, the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) is facilitated by SPS, ensuring adherence to high standards. Trust SPS Canada Immigration for a smooth and successful Canadian journey.





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