ESDC published new LMIA processing times

On May 14, 2024, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centres, this update provides a view of the current average LMIA processing times. It’s important to note that the processing times have increased for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and Permanent residence Stream and decreased for the High-wage and Low-wage Streams.

  • Global Talent Stream – 7 business days
  • Agricultural stream – 13 business days
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 10 business days (+3 days)
  • Permanent residence Stream – 80 business days (+1 day)
  • High-wage Stream – 43 business days (-8 days)
  • Low-wage Stream – 46 business days (-9 days)

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