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The Self-Employed Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada. They must have either:

  • relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, and intend and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, or
  • experience in managing a farm, and intend and be able to buy and manage a farm in Canada.

To be eligible as a self-employed person, you must:

  1. have relevant experience
  2. intend and be able to be self-employed in Canada
  3. meet the selection criteria for self-employed people and
  4. meet medical, security and other conditions.

Relevant experience

Relevant experience for a self-employed person means at least two years of experience in the last five years.

The experience must be:

for cultural activities:

a) two one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or

b) two one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or

c) a combination of a one-year period described in a above, and a one-year period described in b above.

for athletics:

a) two one-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or

b) two one-year periods participating at a world class level in athletics, or

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

for buying and managing a farm, two one-year periods managing a farm.

Intend and be able to be self-employed in Canada

Selection criteria

You are assessed on selection criteria that include your:

  • experience
  • education
  • age
  • language abilities
  • adaptability

To qualify as a self-employed immigrant, you must:

Meet the definition of a self-employed person
Get a minimum of 35 points after we grade you based on our five selection criteria and point system

Candidates are selected based on:

  • the documents that they provide
  • the score under each of the selection criteria
  • they meeting the definition of a self-employed person

As part of the immigration process, you may need an interview.

Medical, security 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.

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