How to apply for a Canadian open work permit


Foreign workers can work for anywhere in Canada with an open work permit.

Open work permits allow foreign workers the flexibility to choose where they work in Canada.

Oftentimes, foreign nationals who want to work in Canada need a work permit. These permits may be tied to a specific employer, or occupation. By contrast, open work permits allow for freedom of movement, whether it is between workplaces, occupations or locations in Canada.

Canadian employers do not need to do a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order to hire a foreign worker on an open work permit.

There are numerous ways to be eligible for an open work permit. Here are some of the more prominent ways:

International student graduates

Citizens of foreign countries with reciprocal agreements

Spouses and common-law partners of Canadians and temporary residents

Permanent residency applicants