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Can my dependent children work in Canada?

If your dependent children want to work in Canada, they must apply for their own work permit. Normally, they must meet the same requirements that you do.

In most cases, your dependent children must apply for a work permit for a specific job. However, if you’re authorized to work in Canada, your dependent children may be eligible for an open work permit.

If your child isn’t eligible for an open work permit, their employer may have to get a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada. An LMIA is a document an employer must usually get before they can hire a foreign worker and allows an employer to hire someone for a specific job.

Before your dependent children work in Canada, check the minimum age required to work in the type of job and province/territory that they plan to work in.

In some cases, your dependent children will need a medical exam.

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