Pursuant to Canada Immigration laws, a foreign national may not engage
in employment in Canada unless authorized to do so under Canada Immigration law.
In many but not all instances, a Work Permit is required and will only be issued
by a Canada Immigration officer after Human Resources Development Canada
approves the employment offer of a prospective Canada employer to a foreign national.
HRDC considers whether the prospective employer has made reasonable efforts
to hire a Canada for the employment opening and whether or not the wages and
working conditions of the employment offered are sufficient to attract and
retain a Canadian in the employment. HRDC can also consider other elements that
might indicate a benefit for Canada and Canada employment-seekers.
In most instances, once HRDC has approved an employment offer, it sends the
approval to Canada Immigration officials and the foreign national will be
contacted by the Canada Immigration office. He/she may be asked to go to an
Immigration interview and/or to undergo an Immigration medical examination
at his/her own expense. Canada Immigration officers must examine whether a
person is entering the labor market, rather than just applying the test of
whether the foreign national intends to engage in an activity for which he/she
might reasonably be expected to receive valuable consideration. If the foreign
national meets all Canada Immigration requirements and has all of the necessary
Canada Immigration documents, he/she will receive an Immigration Work Permit.
The Immigration Work Permit will state that the foreign national can work
in a specific employment capacity for a specific period of time for a specific
employer. An Immigration Work Permit will NOT be issued to a foreign national to
come to Canada to look for employment.