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

To be eligible for this program, candidates must:

  • 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
  • Medical, Security Checks and Other Requirements
  • Self-Employed Persons Program: Selection Criteria
  • Relevant Experience

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.

Applications from interested candidates are assessed using a points system. The pass mark for the self-employed persons program is 35 points out of 100. 

Selection Factors Points
Experience Maximum 35 points
Age Maximum 10 points
Education  Maximum 25 points
Language Proficiency in English or French Maximum 24 points
Adaptability Maximum 6 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass Mark 35 points

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

Definitions

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

It must be during the period starting 5 years before the day you apply and ending on the day, IRCC decides on your application.

At a minimum, your experience must be:

  • For cultural activities:
    1. 2 one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or
    2. 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or
    3. A combination of a one-year period described in (a), and a one-year period described in (b)
  • For athletics:
    1. 2 one-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or
    2. 2 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