You need a work permit

If you have a temporary resident permit valid for at least 6 months, you may be eligible for an open work permit.

You also need to meet the general eligibility requirements for a work permit.

Type of work permit

When you fill out 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.

How to pay your fee

You’re exempt from paying the open work permit holder fee (CAN$100). Don’t pay this fee.

You must pay the work permit processing fee (CAN$155)

Because you’re exempt from paying one of the fees (open work permit holder fee), you need to pay your fees before you apply online.

The system will calculate the total amount you need to pay when you click “Submit.” 

Keep your receipt

After you pay your fee, keep a copy of the receipt. You’ll need to upload it under Proof of Fee Exemption when you apply online for your work permit.

When you apply online

You must answer some questions to create a personalized document checklist. Make sure you answer the questions correctly.

Answer “No, I am exempt from paying fees for this application” to the question: There are fees associated with this application. Will you be paying your fees or are you fee-exempt?

You’re exempt from paying only the open work permit holder fee. 

How to apply for a work permit

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