Self-Employed

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, the applicant 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.

The experience is relevant if:

  • Has taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or

  • Has been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics or

  • experience managing a farm

The application will be assessed on selection criteria that include:

  • experience

  • education

  • age

  • language abilities

  • adaptability

Self-employed person means a foreign national who:

  • has relevant experience

  • intends and is able to be self-employed in Canada and

  • can contribute to Canada’s economy in one of the required areas.

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

It must be during the period starting five years before the day you apply and ending on the day the decision is made on the 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.