In Canada, it is crucial to obtain a work permit before starting employment. Canadian employers struggle to find enough workers to meet demand and thus rely on foreign workers.
Canadian employers wishing to employ a foreign worker in Canada must first obtain authorization from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), otherwise known as a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
A LMIA is a broad and comprehensive process subject to a high level of analysis from the government. However, other routes include:
Post-graduate work permits (PGWP)
Open spousal work permits
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