There must typically be arranged work in Canada (with some limited exceptions). Arranged work can take the form of a direct offer of employment from a Canadian company, or a contract with an organization by which an individual is assigned to work in Canada (without being a direct employee of a Canadian company).
If applicable, a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) should be obtained in advance of applying. However, in some cases a case may be exempt from this requirement. In other cases, the work in Canada could be subject to an exemption from a work permit under business visitor or other provisions.
In all cases, the application materials must be presented in a thorough and clear manner. An incomplete or ambiguous application can result in significant delays or even refusal, which could impact subsequent admissibility.
The work permit application must be submitted to the appropriate venue for processing. This may include a visa office abroad, a port of entry (depending on nationality and the nature of the case), or centralized processing offices responsible for pre-screening of port of entry applications (depending on nationality and the nature of the case).