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.
|Ability in French and/or English
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
|Conservators and Curators
|Authors and Writers
|Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
|Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
|Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
|Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
|Musicians and Singers
|Actors and Comedians
|Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
|Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
|Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
|Film and Video Camera Operators
|Graphic Arts Technicians
|Audio and Video Recording Technicians
|Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
|Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
|Announcers and Other Broadcasters
|Graphic Designers and Illustrators
|Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
|Artisans and Craftspersons
|Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
|Sports Officials and Referees
|Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness