The Self-Employed Persons Program allows individuals with relevant experience in the cultural or athletic field who wish to make a significant contribution in Canada to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.
Interested applicants who want to immigrate as a self-employed person must:
- Have relevant experience
- Want to be self-employed
- Meet the selection criteria and attain the passing mark
- Meet medical, security, and any additional conditions
Relevant experience refers to at least two experience of experience in a cultural or athletic activity as a self-employed person or participating at a world-class level, or a combination of at least one year in both. This must be met within the 5 years before application submission.
Eligible Occupations include:
Any occupation that is classified under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) code beginning with 5 are qualifying activities for self-employed persons.
Refer to this page to confirm if your experience is eligible for immigrating under the Self-Employed Persons Program.
The minimum score required is 35 points, which is based on 5 selection criteria. The maximum score possible is 100.
|Selection Criteria||Maximum Points|
Points for Education
|Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||25|
|Two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||22|
|Three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||22|
|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|
|Two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||20|
|One-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||15|
|One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||15|
|One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||12|
|Completion of high school||5|
Points for Experience
|Years of Experience||Points|
|Two years of relevant experience||20|
|Three years of relevant experience||22|
|Four years of relevant experience||30|
|Five years of relevant experience||35|
Points for Age
|16 or under||0|
Points for Language Ability
|High: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations||High||High||High||High|
|Moderate: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations||Moderate||Moderate||Moderate||Moderate|
|Basic: You can communicate in predictable contents and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty||Basic||Basic||Basic||Basic|
|No: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency||Does not meet Basic Level||Does not meet Basic Level||Does not meet Basic Level||Does not meet Basic Level|
Points for Adaptability
A maximum of 6 points can be attained in this section by any combination of the following:
|Spouse 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.
Note: There’s 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.
The selection criteria for Quebec is different than the one mentioned above. Check out the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program if you plan to reside in the province of Quebec.