July 24, 2019

Canada Immigration – Self-Employed Person Program

The Self-employed Persons Program under the Business Class Immigration is designed for self-employed individuals to live and practice their employment permanently as a self-employed individual in Canada. The program is implemented for the applicants to make significant contribution to Canada’s cultural, artistic or athletic life. Under this category of self-employed persons the farming options are also available.

Eligible categories of self-employed persons:

  • Participants of cultural activities;
  • Participants in athletics or
  • Experienced in farm management.

Eligibility Criteria for Self-employed immigration:

  • Experience  of minimum two years in the respective category of self-employment
  • Intention to relocate to Canada as self-employed
  • Meet the minimum requirement of the program’s selection factors;
  • Must clear the medical, security and other clearances’

The applicants are selected based on the below selection factors using a point system.

An applicant requires a minimum of 35 points after the assessment of the below five selection criteria in the point system in order to get selected through the program.

Selection Factors

The applications under the self-employed category are assessed with the below selection factors:

Experience Age Language Ability Adaptability


Selection criteria Maximum points
Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
Ability in English and/or French 24
Adaptability 6


The minimum experience required for a self-employed person shall be prior to 5 years from the date of application and ending on the day of making a decision on the application by the IRCC.

The minimum experience is stated for cultural and athletic activities

    1. 2 one-year periods of self-employment in cultural or athletic activities,
    2. 2 one-year periods participating in a world-class level cultural or athletics’ ,
    3. a combination of a one-year period as in (a), and a one-year period as in (b)

The applicants are also required to clear the criminal and medical requirements for a successful application for permanent residence under the self-employed category

The self–employed occupation list includes

NOC Art and Culture
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
NOC Technical Occupations in Art, Culture, sports and recreation
5211 Library and Public Archive Technicians
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 and Interior Decorators
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244 Artisans and Craftsperson
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


If you are a person or performing artist with the relevant experience and are self-employed and thinking of your options to migrate to Canada the self-employed person’s program best fits you. Pelican Migration Consultants will help you in determining the right scores assessing your eligibility for participating in the program making your immigration goals realize.

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