Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) C10 – Significant Benefit

What is an LMIA?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment is a document from the Canadian government that an employer in Canada may need to obtain before hiring a foreign worker.

An LMIA ensures that the foreign workers will not take jobs from Canadian residents. A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.
There are LMIA exemptions that do NOT require a positive LMIA report for successful immigration. This includes exemptions under the International Mobility Program (IMP). C10 is one of these exemptions.

LMIA International Mobility Program – C10 – Significant Benefit

LMIA C10 – Significant Benefit applies to foreign workers that can demonstrate significant social, cultural, or economic benefits for Canada or Canadian permanent residents.

Candidates that can create a compelling case will be issued a work permit without the need for the LMIA.

The potential benefits of an applicant receiving a work permit are evaluated on the basis of a few different metrics:

  • Significant benefits
  • Economic benefits
  • Social benefits
  • Cultural benefits

Significant benefits

An applicant’s proposal may receive an LMIA exemption if their work will provide significant benefit to the Canadian economy, or if their work will advance technological progress in Canada, or advance health, safety, knowledge, and opportunities for the Canadian populace.

Economic benefits

An applicant’s work may demonstrate economic benefits if it is likely to create or secure jobs for Canadian workers, advance important Canadian industry, provide specific economic benefit to a remote area, or have any other significant positive economic impact.

Social benefits

Social benefits can arise from work that promotes the health and safety of Canadian communities, boosts tourism, protects heritage locations, has a positive impact on the environment, or promotes social cohesion and strengthens communities.

Cultural benefits

Work identified as having a cultural benefit can include work that creates an opportunity for cultural learning, increased tolerance, and greater social wellbeing in Canada at large or a local Canadian community.

To receive an exemption on the basis of cultural benefit, the applicant should be able to prove previous recognition for their endeavors on similar grounds. Cultural benefit is usually attached to artistic activities and heritage preservation activities.

Do you believe you have a case for a C10 exemption from the LMIA? Sharp can help you by developing a business plan that clearly showcases the possible benefits of your work.