The Self-Employed Persons Program is open to individuals with self-employed experience as farmers, athletes (at an international level), or artisans.

To qualify for business immigration to Canada under the Self-Employed Persons Program, an applicant must demonstrate that he or she has relevant agricultural, artistic, or athletic experience that will allow the applicant to be successfully self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

Relevant experience consists of at least two years of experience either self-employed or participating at a world class level in art, culture, recreation, or sport activities designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (see the list below).

Applicants who wish to purchase a farm must have at least two years of farm management experience.

Applicants are also assessed based on their education, experience, age, English/French language ability, and adaptability.

Professional Occupations in Art and Culture

Criteria


Requirement

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

Criteria


Requirement

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