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Foreign worker requirements

The Federal Government of Canada requires employers to give preference to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants in their appointment practices. Therefore, all Ontario Tech University postings include the following statement: “All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.”

In the event a foreign academic candidate is approved for an offer of appointment, a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is required to initiate the immigration process. The LMO assesses how the offer of employment would likely affect Canadian jobs. It ensures that hiring a foreign academic candidate for the job will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market.

In consultation with the Dean and referring to the appointment file, the Human Resources Advisor completes the LMO application and submits to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC, formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, or HRSDC) for approval. 

The LMO application to hire the foreign academic candidate must demonstrate that the university has met its obligation to:

  • Advertise vacant positions in Canada.
  • Ensure any vacant position advertised abroad is also advertised simultaneously in Canada.
  • Advertise for a reasonable length of time (about a month) to allow broad exposure of the vacancy to Canadians and permanent residents.
  • Use effective media—web, print or electronic—to attract appropriate candidates for the position.
  • Include the statement, "All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority" in the posting.
  • Meet all conditions of applicable collective agreements.
  • Complete the Foreign Academic Recruitment Summary rationalizing the appointment decision and providing summaries of Canadian applicants verified by the Provost.
  • Be prepared to complete a yearly summary report on recruitment practices for Canadian academics and results.

For more information about the LMO process, please refer to Hiring Foreign Academics.

Upon receipt of the positive LMO, the HR advisor provides a copy to the foreign academic candidate who is then responsible to obtain authorization to work in Canada by obtaining a temporary work permit.

The following government links provide more information about immigration procedures for foreign academics:

The university's guidelines on Academic Appointments – Support for Non-Canadians provide further information on the financial support the university provides in assisting non-Canadian faculty members and their family members to obtain work permits and permanent residency in Canada.