When your other half gets a job offer in another country the thought that you yourself can not get a work visa may discourage you from accepting.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has introduced a Pilot Project that will facilitate the issuance of Employment Authorizations (EA) to spouses of highly skilled temporary workers entering Canada. For a spouse to be eligible, there are two main requirements. Firstly, the principal applicant must hold an employment authorization that has a validity of at least six months. Secondly, the occupation of the principal applicant must be on an approved list.
A spouse who is interested in obtaining an EA under this pilot must first obtain a written job offer from a Canadian employer. The spouse must provide a copy of the job offer, a completed Employment Authorization application form, a photocopy of his or her spouse’s EA, a copy of the marriage certificate and the processing fee.
It is expected that in most cases the spouse will have already been admitted to Canada as a visitor before he or she secures a job offer. In this case, the application would be made by post to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.
You can find more detailed information on procedures and how to apply at: