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Changes to Owners/Operators LMIA Applications

September 26, 2016
labor5-150x150 Maria Kogay

Employment and Social Development Canada has changed their online policy in relation to Owners/Operators. As of 25 August 2016, to qualify as an owner/operator, the foreign national must demonstrate:

  • a level of controlling interest in the business, e.g. be a sole proprietor or a majority shareholder,
  • that such temporary entry will result in the creation or retention of employment opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents and/or skills transfer to Canadians and permanent residents; and,
  • not be able to be dismissed.

No advertising or recruitment is required to apply under this program. The program is available in all Canadian provinces.

For more information on LMIAs, please click here.


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