Self Employed Persons Program

This Canadian immigration Self-Employed Program aims to attract applicants who want to and can work for themselves in Canada. Self-employed individuals who plan to live in Quebec are not eligible for this program and should instead apply for the Quebec Self-Employed Program.
To be considered for this program, applicants must have relevant experience, as well as the desire and ability to:
as artisans or international athletes, make a significant contribution to Canada’s cultural or sporting life; orbuy and manage a farm in Canada Relevant experience can be defined as follows: at least two years of world-class experience participating in cultural activities or athletics; at least two years of self-employment in athletics-related cultural activities; or experience managing a farm for at least two years.

Qualifying Activities for Self-Employed Persons

  • 5111 Librarians
  • 5112 Conservators and Curators
  • 5113 Archivists
  • 5121 Authors and Writers
  • 5122 Editors
  • 5123 Journalists
  • 5124 Professional
  • Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
  • 5125 Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
  • 5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
  • 5132 Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
  • 5133 Musicians and Singers
  • 5134 Dancers
  • 5135 Actors and Comedians
  • 5136 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists

Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • 5211 Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
  • 5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
  • 5221 Photographers
  • 5222 Film and Video Camera Operators
  • 5223 Graphic Arts Technicians
  • 5224 Broadcast Technicians
  • 5225 Audio and Video Recording Technicians
  • 5226 Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
  • 5227 Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
  • 5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters
  • 5232 Other Performers
  • 5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
  • 5242 Interior Designers
  • 5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
  • 5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
  • 5245 Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
  • 5251 Athletes
  • 5252 Coaches
  • 5253 Sports Officials and Referees
  • 5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness