Generally, Canadian employers of foreign workers must have the position they wish to fill approved and confirmed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) before the applicant worker can apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
HRSDC will first verify the existence of the job in question and then approve or reject the related employment offer by examining a number of factors. Generally, HRSDC will approve jobs that do not have a negative effect on the labour market in Canada.
Where granted, HRSDC confirmation is given to the employer and must be included in the employee’s work permit application to CIC.
For jobs in Quebec , additional approval and confirmation must be provided by the “Ministère des Relations avec les Citoyens et de l’Immigration du Québec (MRCIQ).”
Certain jobs and work categories do not require HRSDC confirmation. Whenever possible, the Canadian employer should seek an exemption from HRSDC approval as the HRSDC process may be lengthy and there is no assurance of success.