Types of work permits in Canada

There are 2 types of work permits: open work permits and employer-specific work permits.

1. Open work permits

An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer: who is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions or who regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages. You can only get an open work permit in specific situations.

2. Employer-specific work permits

An employer-specific work permit allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:

    1. the name of the employer you can work for

    2. how long you can work

    3. the location where you can work (if applicable)

Eligibility requirements for all applicants

There are specific requirements you need to meet depending on where you are when you apply for your work permit. But regardless of where you apply or which type of work permit you apply for, you must:

  • prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires

  • show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home

  • obey the law and have no record of criminal activity 

  • not be a danger to Canada’s security

  • be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed

  • not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions 

  • not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and

  • give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.