In most cases, before you apply for a Work Visa in Canada, you will need to obtain an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) from the Employment and Social Development Canada department.
To get a Labor Market Impact Assessment from Service Canada, the prospective Canadian employer would have to first apply for the approval of the employment offer to the said foreign worker. For ESDC to issue such LMIA confirmation or approval is possible only when they ascertain that
- Either there are no Canadian permanent residents or citizens who qualify for and are willing to fill this job position;
- Or, the said foreign worker will take the responsibility of training Canadians during the time of their employment in Canada.
The prospective employer will have to demonstrate their sincere efforts, even though unsuccessful, in trying to recruit a Canadian permanent resident or citizen for the job position, to the ESDC. These efforts by the Canadian employer will often need to include advertising for the said job position.
Only if and when the ESDC is satisfied with the efforts put in by the prospective employer in order to hire a local worker, will they confirm or approve the offer of employment for the said job position to the foreign worker, and further issue them an LMIA letter.