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Self-Employed Persons Program

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The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

Requirements for self-employed programs

  • Have relevant experience

  • Be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada

  • Meet the program’s selection criteria and

  • Meet medical, security and other conditions

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Relevant Experience

Your experience is relevant if you have:

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

  • been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics

Relevant experience means at least two years of experience during the period starting 5 years before the day you apply and ending on the day a decision is made on your application. You can get more points if you have 3, 4, or 5 years of experience.


Cultural Activities include jobs generally seen as part of Canada’s artistic and cultural fields. Examples include:

  • authors and writers,

  • creative and performing artists,

  • musicians,

  • painters,

  • sculptors and other visual artists,

  • technical support and other jobs in motion pictures,

  • creative designers and

  • Craftspeople

Selection Criteria For Self Employed

  • Experience

  • Education

  • Age

  • Language abilities

  • Adaptability

Medical, Security Checks 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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