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Canada’s decision to Open Work Permit holders’ families: What does it mean for Indians

Canada Open Work Permit This permit permits foreign citizens to work within Canada with any company and for any position.

In a move that could help many Indian professionals as well as other immigrants, Canada will expand its work permit benefits to relatives who are Open Work Permit (OWP) holders beginning next year. This is in the wake of severe labor shortages in Canada.

The Open Work Permit allows foreign citizens to be employed for a period of time in Canada by any employer and on any job. Immigration Minister, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser announced that his department has extended work permits to relatives of temporary employees.

“Canada has expanded the work permits for families! Beginning in 2023 parents and spouses of the primary applicant are able for work permits for Canada,” Sean Fraser tweeted.

“Expanding the work permits to relatives accompanying the primary applicant to Canada will aid in addressing labor shortages by helping employers in finding the employees they require,” he said.

Employers across the nation are continuing to find a shortage of workers as the biggest issue, Sean Fraser said adding that the new policy can help employers locate those workers needed to fill their gaps in labor by extending working permits for family members of all levels, leading to families of more than 200,000 foreign workers having the ability for work Canada.

“As the result of this approach It is believed that family people of more than 200 000 foreign workers can begin to work in Canada and provide a better possibility for both foreigners who want the opportunity to live in Canada as well as employers who want to address their labor needs,” he said.

In the past, spouses were allowed to work when the primary applicant was employed in a highly skilled occupation. The new rule will be implemented in three phases.

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