You need a work permit The spouse, common-law partner or a family member of someone studying in Canada needs a work permit
If you’re the spouse, common-law partner or a family member of someone studying temporarily in Canada, you need a work permit to work in Canada.
You may be eligible for an open work permit if you’re the spouse or common-law partner of a foreign student at a public post-secondary school, such as a college or university, or a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec. To be eligible, the student must be in a post-graduation work permit-eligible program of study.
Your work permit won’t be valid longer than your spouse’s or common-law partner’s study permit.
You also need to meet the general eligibility requirements for a work permit.
Type of work permit
When you complete your work permit application, select “Open work permit” as the type of work permit in the “Details of intended work in Canada” section. Leave the employer section of the application blank when you apply for your open work permit.
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