Am I exempted from paying the $1000 Labour Market Impact Assessment processing fee?

17 January 2018

On December 8, 2017, the government implemented new regulations allowing an exemption from paying the $1000 processing fee for Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) for families seeking to hire a foreign worker as live-in caregivers and nannies.

Families or individuals seeking to hire a foreign worker to care for elderly individuals or individuals who require assistance with medical needs will be exempted from paying the LMIA $1000 processing fee.

The new regulations will also apply to families or individuals with a gross annual income of $150,000 or less, who are seeking to hire a foreign caregiver to provide childcare in their home to a child under 13 years of age.

The new regulations were implemented to make the Temporary Foreign Worker (“TFW”) Program more accessible to middle-income families, who may have previously felt that the $1000 was a barrier to receiving the caregiver support that they required.

The data published by the Canadian government, suggests that the change to the regulations will benefit over 3,357 applicants per year who meet the income threshold, and a further 827 families who are seeking to hire foreign caregivers for family members with physical or mental disabilities. The lessening of the financial burden for this category utilizing the Temporary Foreign Worker program will add an additional present value of $5.6 million over the 10-year period following the introduction of the regulatory amendments.

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