Applying for an Unnamed Labour Market Impact Assessment

Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, employers can apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before a temporary foreign worker (TFW) has been identified. LMIA applications that do not contain the names of the TFWs will be assessed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada and employers who meet the requirements will receive a positive “Unnamed LMIA”, valid for 6 months.


This unnamed LMIA option does not apply to all Program streams and is not offered in all provinces/territories. An unnamed LMIA application can only be submitted for available positions in:

Exceptions by Stream and Province
Stream Canada (except Quebec) Province of Quebec
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program Yes Yes
Agricultural Stream Yes No
(unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)
Caregiver Program Yes No
(unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)
Stream for Lower-skilled Occupations Yes No
(unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)
Stream for Higher-skilled Occupations Yes No
(unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
No N/A
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
No N/A
  • Canadian Experience Class
No N/A

Note: In Quebec, employment offers less than 30 days do not require approval from the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI).

The process for an unnamed LMIA application consists of:

  1. The employer submits an LMIA application without completing the "Foreign Worker Information" section or by indicating "Unnamed" in that section.
  2. The application must be accompanied by all supporting documentation as the assessment is the same as a standard LMIA application.
  3. The employer must continue to make efforts to recruit Canadians and permanent residents until the names of the TFWs have been provided.
  4. ESDC/Service Canada verifies that the LMIA application meets the criteria for an unnamed LMIA, and assesses the application according to the Program requirements.
  5. If the result of the assessment is positive, a positive LMIA letter labelled "Unnamed LMIA" will be sent to the employer for a given number of positions, and a specific period of employment. The letter will include a "Foreign Worker Name Template".
  6. As soon as the TFWs have been identified, the employer must complete and submit the “Foreign Worker Name Template” to ESDC/Service Canada.
  7. ESDC/Service Canada will add the names of the TFWs into the system and issue an official positive LMIA letter to the employer within 5 to 10 business days. The official positive LMIA letter will include the same expiry date as the unnamed positive LMIA letter.

TFWs must apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) before the expiry date of the positive LMIA. Their applications for a work permit must include a copy of the official positive LMIA letter, the annexes, and the employment contract.