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June 14, 2023

【Lululemon has a large job opening; Work Permit is now easy to obtain】Updated June 14, 2023

Lululemon’s efforts to expand employment will now be able to hire foreign nationals under a special LMIA exemption through the British Columbia Immigration Agreement.


What is LMIA?

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is an approval process required for hiring foreign workers in Canada. The LMIA examines the impact on workers in Canada and the balance between supply and demand for employment. Once this is completed and approved, the employer can hire the foreign worker.

The LMIA application process is tedious and not easy. Employers must prove that they are unable to hire Canadian workers by advertising job openings in Canada or conducting a labor market survey. In other words, they must prove that there is a need to hire foreign workers if they do not receive enough applications or cannot find suitable candidates in Canada. This process is time-consuming and expensive.

If you receive a job offer from Lululemon, you will be exempted from this LMIA process, making it easier to obtain a Work Permit.


What is Lululemon

Lululemon Athletica (a.k.a. Lululemon) is a Canadian-based apparel company offering high-quality yoga and sportswear, founded in 1998 and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Lululemon features activewear that focuses on a fusion of comfort, functionality, and style. The company’s product line includes yoga pants, leggings, tops, shorts, and accessories. These products are popular not only for sports and fitness activities, but also for everyday casual wear.

The company is well known internationally and is based in Canada with stores around the world. It is recognized as a strong brand in the apparel market, particularly in the activewear and sportswear segments.


Identified as a significant investment project under the British Columbia Immigration Agreement

To qualify under the agreement, a project must:

  • provide a major investment in the economy
  • involve a highly mobile global talent pool in high-wage occupations, creating a situation that is not well-suited to the LMIA process which compete local candidates
  • result in knowledge transfer to local workers and a reduction in the number of foreign workers needed over time

We see a desire to protect domestic jobs while welcoming international talent.

Lululemon, headquartered in British Columbia, has employed and continues to employ thousands of Canadians. The LMIA waiver will allow the company to hire more foreign nationals, allowing it to bring in additional international talent in a variety of high-skilled positions.


This is great news for foreigners who want to work at Lululemon.

Lululemon’s job openings have attracted applicants for more than 300 positions from Canada’s west to the east. Even though many workers were laid off due to the effects of the Covid-19, Lululemon has created approximately 9,000 jobs in 2022. Some positions have qualifications that state that applicants must be able to legally work in Canada, but some positions do not specify this or are immigration.  Some positions do not specify this or state that immigration assistance is available.


This is a limited time offer, so if you are interested, don’t delay!

Lululemon’s LMIA exemption for significant investment projects will be implemented on February 28, 2023 and expire on April 1, 2026. Lululemon will submit annual reports to the Canadian and British Columbia governments on the outcomes of the agreement, and a formal evaluation will take place at least one year prior to the expiration date.



This is good news for those who are wondering what to do about job hunting, as there are job openings for a variety of occupations, not just garment-related jobs. Why don’t you take up the challenge?


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