LIMA means Labour Market Impact Assessment which should be obtained by the Canadian Employer who wants to hire the foreign worker on a temporary basis if they are unable to find the employee in their home country. LMIA is issued by ESDC if it is satisfied the regulations and rules.
Work permits can also be issued without LMIA in some situations which are limited as follows
• International Agreements like NAFTA
• Economic, Social and cultural Benefits to Canada
• Teacher exchange programs or reciprocal agreements.
• Spouses, Common-law partners of Work/study permit holders in Canada.
• Charity and religious