The Self-Employed Persons Program in Canada is open to individuals with self-employed experience as farmers, athletes (at an international level), or artisans.
To meet the criteria for business immigration to Canada under the Self-Employed Persons Program, an applicant must prove that he or she has relevant agricultural, artistic, or athletic experience that will allow the applicant to be successfully self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to his or her field.
Relevant experience consists of at least two years of experience in the last five years as either self-employed or participating at a world class level in art, culture, recreation, or sport activities designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Applicants are also assessed based on their level of education, experience, age, English/French language ability, and adaptability.
|Professional Occupations in Art and Culture|
|5112||Conservators and Curators|
|5121||Authors and Writers|
|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|
|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|
|5222||Film and Video Camera Operators|
|5223||Graphic Arts 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|
|5241||Graphic Designers and Illustrators|
|5243||Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers|
|5244||Artisans and Craftspersons|
|5245||Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products|
|5253||Sports Officials and Referees|
|5254||Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness|
Individuals interested in immigrating to the Province of Quebec should note that the province has a different selection system for self-employed persons.
As of March 10, 2018, we are no longer accepting new applications under the farm management stream of the Self-Employed Person Program
Points for Age
|16 or under||0|
Points for Education
|You have a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||25 points|
|You have two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||22 points|
|You have a three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||22 points|
|You have a university degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||20 points|
|You have a two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||20 points|
|You have a one-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||15 points|
|You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||15 points|
|You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||12 points|
|You completed high school.||5 points|
Points for Language Ability
Your proficiency in English or French is one of the five selection factors for investors. You will be awarded up to 24 points for your basic, moderate or high proficiency in English and French. You will be given points based on your ability to:
- read and
Points for Experience
|Two years of relevant experience||20|
|Three years of relevant experience||25|
|Four years of relevant experience||30|
|Five years of relevant experience||35|
Points for Adaptability
|Adaptability||Maximum 6 points|
|Spouse’s or common-law partner’s level of education||3–5|
|Previous work in Canada|
You, or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit.
|Previous study in Canada|
You, or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada. You must have done this after you were 17 years old and with a valid study permit.
There is no need to have obtained a degree or diploma for these two years of study to earn these points.
|Relatives in Canada|
You, or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, have a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.