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 qualify as a self-employed immigrant, you must:

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

    The Immigration Officer will assess you on selection criteria that include your:

    • experience
    • education
    • age
    • language abilities
    • It must be during the period starting five years before the day you apply and ending on the day we make a decision on your application. The experience must be:

      • for cultural activities:
        1. two one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or
        2. two one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or
        3. a combination of a one-year period described in A above, and a one-year period described in B above.
      • for athletics:
        1. two one-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or
        2. two one-year periods participating at a world class level in athletics, or
        3. 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.adaptability
    Selection criteria Maximum points
    Education 25  
    Experience 35  
    Age 10  
    Ability in English and/or French 24  
    Adaptability 6  
    TOTAL 100  

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

    The minimum of 35 points after CIC grade you based on their five selection criteria and point system.

    Professional occupations in art and culture

    Occupation NOC Number
    Librarian 5111
    Conservators and curators 5112
    Archivists 5113
    Authors and writers 5121
    Editors 5122
    Journalists 5123
    Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
    Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations 5131
    Conductors, composers and arrangers 5132
    Musicians and singers 5133
    Dancers 5134
    Actors and comedians 5135
    Painters, sculptors and other visual artists 5136
    Library and public archive technicians 5211
    Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries 5212
    Photographers 5221
    Film and video camera operators 5222
    Graphic arts technicians 5223
    Broadcast technicians 5224
    Audio and video recording technicians 5225
    Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
    Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
    Announcers and other broadcasters 5231
    Other performers, n.e.c. 5232
    Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
    Interior designers and interior decorators 5242
    Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers 5243
    Artisans and craftspersons 5244
    Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products 5245
    Athletes 5251
    Coaches 5252
    Sports Officials and referees 5253
    Program Leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness 5254

    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.