The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

If you’re interested in this program, you must:

  • have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and

  • be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of CanadaEligibility

  • To immigrate as a self-employed person, you must:

  • have relevant experience

  • be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada

  • meet the program’s selection criteria and

  • meet medical, security and other conditions

  • Relevant experience

  • Your experience is relevant if you have:

  • taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or

  • been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics

  • Relevant experience for a self-employed person means at least two years of experience.

  • It must be during the period starting 5 years before the day you apply and ending on the day we make a decision on your application.

  • You can get more points if you have 3, 4, or 5 years of experience.

  • At a minimum, your experience must be:

  • for cultural activities:

  • 2 one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or

  • 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or

  • a combination of a one-year period described in (a), and a one-year period described in (b)

  • for athletics:

  • 2 one-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or

  • 2 one-year periods participating at a world class level in athletics, or

  • a combination of a one-year period described in (a) above, and a one-year period described in (b) above

  • Selection criteria

  • We assess you on selection criteria that include your:

  • experience

  • education

  • age

  • language abilities

  • adaptability

  • Medical, security checks and other requirements

  • You and your family members must have a medical exam and get police certificates.

  • You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada.