If you have a closed work permit in Canada and you lose your job, your ability to
continue working in Canada will depend on the specific conditions of your work permit.
If your work permit is tied to a specific employer, losing your job means that you are no
longer authorized to work in Canada. In this case, you will need to leave the country
unless you find another job and obtain a new work permit.
However, if your work permit is an open work permit, you may be able to continue
working in Canada even if you lose your job. Open work permits allow you to work for
any employer in Canada, so you can start a new job without needing to apply for a new
If you have a closed work permit and you lose your job, you may be eligible to apply for
an open work permit. This type of work permit allows you to work for any employer in
Canada, without being tied to a specific employer or occupation.
To be eligible for an open work permit, you must meet certain criteria, such as having a
valid job offer from a Canadian employer, being a spouse or common-law partner of a
Canadian citizen or permanent resident, being a refugee or protected person in
Canada, or being a student who has graduated from a designated Canadian post-
You can apply for an open work permit from inside or outside Canada, depending on
your specific situation. It’s important to note that the application process and eligibility requirements can vary depending on the type of open work permit you are applying for.
If you are unsure about the conditions of your work permit or what steps you need to
take after losing your job, you should contact Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
Canada (IRCC) for guidance.
It’s recommended that you consult with a licensed immigration consultant or lawyer for guidance on your specific case. For more information, reach out to Novus Immigration
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