Individuals planning to work in Canada on a permanent basis, have to apply for Independent Immigration (Skilled Worker) program. However, if you intend to work in Canada during temporarily, then you have to get a work permit. Work permits are not issued to those who are searching for job. Work permits are issued only to those who have a specific job offer, with mentioned employer and a period of temporary employment.
For most jobs, the process of obtaining a work permit begins with the application of a Canadian employer to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to get a permission to hire foreign workers. The Service will determine whether the job offer complies with the Canadian labor standards, and confirm that no qualified citizen or permanent resident of Canada is available for the post proposed to the foreign worker.
Certain categories of applicants, such as senior management, priests, employees of embassies or sports referees, do not require the prior consent of the ESDC.
If the applicant intends to work on temporary basis in the province of Quebec, he/she may also require a Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ) issued by the Immigration Service of Quebec.
To get a work permit the applicant must convince the visa officer that he/she will comply with the conditions of temporary stay in the country and leave Canada at the end of the employment contract. All previous visits and submit applications of the candidate will be taken into account during the assessment of the application for a work permit. Considerable attention will be paid to the financial status of the applicant to ensure that he/she will not seek financial assistance from the Government of Canada.
It is important to know, that the spouses and dependent children of foreign workers are also eligible to get a work or study permit, if they intend to seek employment or attend a school in Canada. Permission from ESDC is not required for a work permit obtained by a spouse.