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An Canada open work permit is a work permit that is not job-specific. Because it is not job-specific, you will not need the following when you apply for your work permit:

  • a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada, or
  • proof that an employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee


  • are an international student who graduated from a designated learning institution and are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program only master and professional course student can apply open work permit for their spouse. 
  • are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)
  • have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in CanadaCanada Open Work Permit
  • applied for permanent residence in Canada
  • are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence
  • are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student
  • are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
  • are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member
  • are under an unenforceable removal order
  • are a temporary resident permit holder
  • are a young worker participating in special programs

What is an Canada Open Work Permit?

An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for those involved in certain activities like striptease, erotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages. You can get an open work permit in specific situations without needing a job offer or specific employer approvals.

No Job-Specific Requirements:

Unlike other work permits, an open work permit doesn’t require your employer to go through a complex hiring process. Your employer doesn’t need a labor market impact assessment, and you don’t need proof of a job offer.

Important Details:

  • Fees: CAD340
  • Restrictions: Your open work permit might have restrictions, like the type of job you can do or the specific location where you can work. For instance, some jobs may require a medical exam.Canada Open Work Permit

Check Your Work Permit:

If you have a restricted open work permit, the details of your restrictions will be mentioned on the permit itself.

Click here if want to Apply for Canada Open work Permit