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 Canada

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

  • have 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

    YAt 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
  • be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada
  • meet the program’s selection criteria, from the total score of 100, you need to score at least 35 points to be eligible to apply under this program
    selection criteria that include your:
    • experience
    • education
    • age
    • language abilities
    • adaptability
  • meet medical, security and other conditions – you and your family must go through medical and provide police clearance, as well as must show funds to prove that you can support yourself and your family in Canada.