Self-Employed Persons Program
Business Immigration to Canada
This Canadian immigration Self-Employed Program is designed to attract those applicants who intend and are able to become self-employed in Canada. Self-employed persons who intend to live in Quebec are not eligible under this program and should apply under the Quebec Self-Employed Program.
To qualify for this program, applicants must have the relevant experience, intention and ability to either:
make a significant contribution to the cultural or sporting life in Canada as artisans or as athletes at an international level; or
- purchase and manage a farm in Canada.
Relevant Experience is defined as:
at least two years experience of participation in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level;
at least two years experience of self-employment in cultural activities of athletics; or
- at least two years of farm management experience
Learn more about what activities qualify for self-employed persons.
Once applicants are found to meet the definition of “Self-Employed Persons”, applicants will then be assessed based on the selection criteria found in the table below. Applicants must earn a minimum of 35 point out of 100 potential points if they want to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person.
SELECTION CRITERIA MAXIMUM POINTS Education 25 Experience 35 Age 10 Ability in French and/or English 24 Adaptability 6 Total:
Medical exams, security risk assessments, and sufficient settlement funds
Like most other Canadian immigration programs, the applicant and the applicant’s immediate family members must undergo medical exams and security risk assessments, as well as be able to demonstrate that they will have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their family once they arrive in Canada.
Qualifying Activities for Self-Employed Persons
Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
5111 Librarians 5112 Conservators and Curators 5113 Archivists 5121 Authors and Writers 5122 Editors 5123 Journalists 5124 Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications 5125 Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters 5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations 5132 Conductors, Composers and Arrangers 5133 Musicians and Singers 5134 Dancers 5135 Actors and Comedians 5136 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
5211 Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants 5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries 5221 Photographers 5222 Film and Video Camera Operators 5223 Graphic Arts Technicians 5224 Broadcast Technicians 5225 Audio and Video Recording Technicians 5226 Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts 5227 Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts 5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters 5232 Other Performers 5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators 5242 Interior Designers 5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers 5244 Artisans and Craftspersons 5245 Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products 5251 Athletes 5252 Coaches 5253 Sports Officials and Referees 5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness