Employers hiring under the low wage worker stream do not need to submit transition plans with their LMIA. However, as of April 30, 2022, there is a 20% cap limit on the proportion of TFWs that can be hired in low wage positions at a specific work location. The cap is to ensure that Canadians or permanent residents are considered first for available jobs.

For applications received between April 30, 2022, and April 30, 2023, from employers hiring workers in low-wage positions in the following sectors and sub sectors, are eligible for a cap limit of 30%:

  • Construction (NAICS 23)
  • Food Manufacturing (NAICS 311)
  • Wood Product Manufacturing (NAICS 321)
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (NAICS 337)
  • Hospitals (NAICS 622)
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (NAICS 523)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (NAICS 72)

For applications received as of April 30, 2022, the cap exemption for employers with fewer than 10 employees nationally is no longer available.

Employers (including private household employers) with a total workforce size of fewer than 10 employees across all worksites in Canada must now complete the cap for low-wage positions section of the LMIA application form. This total workforce size incudes the vacant positions required on the application.

Employers will be limited to hiring 2 TFWs (for industries with a 20% cap), or 3 TFWs (for industries with a 30% cap)

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