Canada seeks to attract qualified professional persons who have the required skills and knowledge to become self-employed citizens. For eligibility, the applicant must have the relevant experience and the intention as well as the ability to make a valuable contribution in his/her preferred field in Canada. The applicant may also have experience in farm management and possess the ability and willingness to purchase and manage a farm in Canada.

The applicant must have at least 2 years of experience either self-employed or participation at a world-class level in culture, art, recreation and in sporting activities certified by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

To qualify for this program, applicants are required to have relevant experience, willingness and ability to:

  • Make a meaningful contribution to the cultural or sporting life in Canada in the field of arts or athletics at an international level or
  • Purchase a farm in Canada

Selection factors

When applicants meet the set criteria for self-employed persons, they are assessed based on a points-based system whereby they must earn a minimum of 35 points out of a possible 100. The point’s selection criteria is as follows:

  • Education – will earn the applicant a maximum of 25 points
  • Experience – the applicant will earn a maximum of 35 points
  • Age – earns the applicant a maximum of 10 points
  • Language proficiency in English and/or French – will earn the applicant a maximum of 24 points
  • Adaptability – ability to adapt and settle in Canada will earn the applicant a total of 6 points

Medical exams, security risk assessment, and sufficient settlement funds

As is the case with most of the Canadian Immigration Programs, applicants for the Self-Employed Program and immediate family members will need to undergo medical examinations and security risk assessments. The applicant will also be required to provide proof of funds and assurances that they will be able to financially support themselves and members of their family once they arrive in Canada.

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