Self-Employed Persons

Eligibility

To be eligible as a self-employed person, you must:

-have relevant experience, and 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.

Relevant experience

Your experience is relevant if you have:

-taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level,
-been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics, or
-experience in managing a farm.

Selection criteria

We will assess you on selection criteria that include your:

-experience,
-education,
-age,
-language abilities, and
-adaptability.

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.

Definitions

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 we make a decision on your application. The experience must be:

For cultural activities:
-two one-year periods of experience in self-employment in cultural activities, or
-two one-year periods of experience in participation at a world class level in cultural activities, or
-a combination of a one-year period of experience described in A above, and a one-year period of experience described in B above.

For athletics:
-two one-year periods of experience in self-employment in athletics, or
-two one-year periods of experience in participation at a world class level in athletics, or
-a combination of a one-year period of experience described in 1 above, and a one-year period of experience described in 2 above, and

For buying and managing a farm, two one-year periods of experience managing a farm.

Specified economic activities for a self-employed person, means:
-cultural activities,
-athletics, or
-buying and managing a farm.

Activities for a self-employed person selected by a province are decided by the laws of the province.