Self-Employed Persons Program

Immigration to Canada as a Self-Employed Person

Under Canada’s Self-Employed Persons Program, permanent residence status is granted to eligible self-employed foreign nationals with relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics.

Candidates must have the experience, ability and intention to make a significant contribution to Canada’s cultural life or sports. You must meet the eligibility requirements and achieve at least a minimum passing mark under the selection criteria to be considered for immigration.

Note that there is no minimum net worth requirement. That said, you must have enough funds to settle in Canada along with your dependents and finance the work for which you were selected by yourself.

Experience Requirements For The Self-Employed Persons Program

You must have two years of self-employment experience in a cultural or athletic activity. You may either have been self-employed or have participated at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics events.

Self-Employed Persons Program: Eligible Occupations

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 Public Archive Technicians
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 and Interior Decorators
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
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

Self-Employed Persons Program: Selection Criteria

For self-employed business immigration, candidates are assessed under a points-based system and should score 35 points out of 100.

Selection Factors Points
Experience Maximum 35 points
Age Maximum 10 points
Education Maximum 25 points
Ability in English or French Maximum 24 points
Adaptability Maximum 6 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass Mark 35 points

We Can Help With Self-Employed Persons Program

At Jane Katkova & Associates, we will guide you through self-employment immigration from start to finish. We will explain how the process works, we will calculate your points and assess your eligibility.

We will think of how to present your achievements and skills in the best to way to gain maximum points. We will fill out and file all applications forms quickly and diligently. We have made a habit of double and triple checking our work.

Trust our professionals in self-employment immigration to do their job.