Family Work Permits to be Extended to Temporary Workers’ Spouses and Working-Age Children

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

Canada will begin extending work permits to family members of temporary foreign workers starting in January 2023 to help address labour shortages.

This temporary 2-year measure will expand eligibility to work in Canada to spouses and working-age children through a phased approach for workers at all skill levels.

It is estimated that family members of more than 200,000 foreign workers could begin working in Canada because of this new approach. This will offer greater opportunities for both foreign workers seeking to work in Canada and for employers addressing their labour needs.

The temporary measure will be implemented in 3 phases:

“Phase 1 will enable family members of workers coming to Canada through the high-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program to apply for an open work permit.

Phase 2 aims to expand the measure to the family members of workers from the low-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, following consultations.

Phase 3 will include consultation with agricultural partners and stakeholders to assess operational feasibility for expanding the measure to family members of agricultural workers.”