In our January 4, 2010, article titled Obtaining a Work Permit in Canada: The Labour Market Opinion Process, we explained that in order to get a work permit for a foreign worker, an employer in Canada generally must first obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Service Canada). In order to obtain a positive LMO, Canadian employers must prove that they have made reasonable efforts to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. This article discusses Service Canada’s advertising requirements relating to this “reasonable efforts” obligation.
Service Canada’s minimum advertising requirements were recently modified. And note that the requirements are slightly different for the Province of QuÃ©bec. If you are hiring an employee who will work in QuÃ©bec, make sure you follow the QuÃ©bec rules.