You need a work permit The spouse, common-law partner or a family member of someone working in Canada needs a work permit

If you’re the spouse, common-law partner or a family member of someone working temporarily in Canada, you need a work permit to work in Canada.

You may be eligible for an open work permit if you’re

You must also

If your spouse or common-law partner has an open work permit

If they have an open work permit (for example, a post graduation work permit), you must attach a copy of your spouse’s or common-law partner’s work permit to your application for an open work permit, along with either

The NOC system is changing

Starting November 16, 2022, we’ll switch to the 2021 version of the NOC system. At that time, the skill types and levels will be replaced by Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER).

Skill type or level TEER category
Skill type 0 TEER 0
Skill level A TEER 1
Skill level B TEER 2 and TEER 3
Skill level C TEER 4
Skill level D TEER 5

Not all jobs will stay at the equivalent TEER. If your spouse is a skilled worker or holds an Atlantic Immigration Program work permit, check the NOC 2021 to make sure their job still makes you eligible for your own 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.

Your work permit won’t be valid

How to apply for a work permit

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