Pluses, minuses to accelerated LMOs (Legal View)

Labour market opinions now available in 10 days or less – but there are caveats
By Howard Greenberg and Naumaan Hameed
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2012

Over the last year, there was a dramatic increase in processing times for Labour Market Opinions (LMOs). Where LMOs once took four weeks to obtain, employers could instead expect to wait at least 14 to 16 weeks.

In an attempt to remedy the situation, the federal government introduced the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO) program on April 25, 2012. Under this process, some Canadian employers requiring skilled foreign workers can take advantage of expedited LMO processing, which will be issued in 10 business days or less.

Eligibility requirements