The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to attract applicants who intend and are able to become self-employed in Canada. Self-employed persons must have relevant experience and the intention as well as the ability to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.

Relevant experience is defined as:

  • participation in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level;
  • self-employment in cultural activities or athletics;

Self-Employed Qualifying Activities by Occupations

Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators
    • Librarians
    • Conservators and curators
    • Archivists
Writing, translating and related communications professionals
    • Authors and writers
    • Editors
    • Journalists
    • Translators, terminologists and interpreters
Creative and performing artists
    • Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
    • Conductors, composers and arrangers
    • Musicians and singers
    • Dancers
    • Actors and comedians
    • Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries
    • Library and public archive technicians
    • Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
    • Photographers
    • Film and video camera operators
    • Graphic arts technicians
    • Broadcast 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, photography and the performing arts
Announcers and other performers, n.e.c.
    • Announcers and other broadcasters
    • Other performers, n.e.c.
Creative designers and craftspersons
    • Graphic designers and illustrators
    • Interior designers and interior decorators
    • Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
    • Artisans and craftspersons
    • Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products
Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations
    • Athletes
    • Coaches
    • Sports officials and referees
    • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness


Self-Employed Selection Criteria

The applicant will be assessed on selection criteria that include experience, education, age, language abilities and adaptability.

In order to qualify, the applicant must first meet the definition of a self-employed person.

The applicant will then be assessed against five selection criteria and a point system and obtain a minimum of 35 points to immigrate to Canada as a business immigrant.

Selection criteria Maximum points
Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
Ability in English and/or French 24
Adaptability 6
TOTAL 100

The maximum possible score is 100. The pass mark is currently 35 points.  Selection is based on the documents that the applicant provides and an assessment of their score under each of the selection criteria.

 

Medical, Security and Other Requirements

The applicant and family members must have a medical exam and obtain police certificates.

The applicant must also have enough money to support himself or herself and their dependants after their arrival in Canada.

 

Relevant Experience in respect of:

  1. a self-employed person, means a minimum of two years of experience, during the period beginning five years before the date of application for a permanent resident visa and ending on the day a decision is made on the application. The experience must consist of:
    1. in respect of cultural activities:
      1. two one-year periods of experience in self-employment in cultural activities; or
      2. two one-year periods of experience in participation at a world class level in cultural activities; or
      3. a combination of a one-year period of experience described in A above, and a one-year period of experience described in B above.
    2. in respect of athletics:
      1. two one-year periods of experience in self-employment in athletics; or
      2. two one-year periods of experience in participation at a world class level in athletics; or
      3. a combination of a one-year period of experience described in 1 above; and a one-year period of experience described in 2 above;