Self-Employed Program

Immigrate as a Self-Employed Person

Canadian immigration Self-Employed Program is intended to attract candidates that aim to become self-employed in Canada.

Who Can Qualify for the Self-Employed Program?

To qualify for this program, candidates are required to have the two years of relevant experience and demonstrate the intention and ability to be self employed in Canada.

In addition, that candidate must score at least 35 points on a selection criteria grid that is intended to determine whether he will be able to contribute financially to Canada.

Relevant Experience:

Experience is considered as relevant if the applicant has:

  • Made significant contribution in cultural activities or athletics at an international level or
  • Been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics (including coaches and trainer) or
  • Has experience in managing a farm

Cultural activities include musicians, artists, film makers, journalists, illustrators as well as those behind the scenes for example directors, choreographers, designers etc.

Selection Criteria

Once applicants are found to meet the definition of “Self-Employed Persons” they will be assessed based on selection criteria grid that includes:

  • experience
  • education
  • age
  • language abilities
  • adaptability

Applicants are required to earn a minimum of 35 point out of 100 potential points in order to be eligible and to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person.

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 Crafts persons
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


Medical exams, Police Certificates and Sufficient settlement funds:

Applicants and their accompanying immediate family members are required to pass medical exams, security risk assessments and need to prove that they will have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their accompanying family once they land in Canada.

**Self-employed candidates that plan to settle in Quebec should apply under the Quebec Self-Employed Program.

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