Self Employed person program

The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada. They must have either:

  • relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, and
    • intend and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, or
  • experience in farm management, and
    • intend and be able to buy and manage a farm in Canada

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

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

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:
    1. two one-year periods of experience in self-employment in cultural activities, or
    2. two one-year periods of experience in participation at a world class level in cultural activities, or
    3. 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:
    1. two one-year periods of experience in self-employment in athletics, or
    2. two one-year periods of experience in participation at a world class level in athletics, or
    3. 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.

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