Canada Self Employed

The government of Canada, as well as the government of the province of Quebec, provide immigration programs for individuals who are self-employed in certain industries.

  • Federal Self-Employed Persons Program

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.

  • Quebec Self-Employed Category

The Quebec Self-Employed category of Canadian immigration was designed to allow qualified individuals the opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence provided that they can effectively establish themselves in the Province of Quebec by practicing a trade or profession for their own account.

FEDERAL SELF EMPLOYED

Canada’s Self-Employed Persons Program allows eligible self-employed foreign nationals with relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics to establish themselves in Canada as permanent residents.

Candidates for the Self-Employed Persons Program must have the experience, intention and ability to make a “significant contribution” to Canada’s cultural life or sports in Canada.

Interested candidates must meet both the eligibility requirements and achieve at minimum a passing mark under the program’s selection criteria in order to be considered for immigration as a self-employed person.

There is no regulated minimum net worth requirement for the Self-Employed Persons Program. However, self-employed applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to settle in Canada along with their dependents and finance the work for which their selection is based.

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Eligibility Requirements for the Self-Employed Persons Program

A foreign national must first meet the Government of Canada’s definition of a self-employed person in order to be considered eligible for assessment.

A self-employed person is defined as someone with relevant self-employed experience in a cultural or athletic activity.

Relevant experience consists of at least two years of experience either self-employed in or participating at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Under the Self-Employed Persons Program, eligible occupations within Canada’s artistic, cultural and athletic fields include:

Professional Occupations in 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

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

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 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

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Self-Employed Persons Program: Selection Criteria

Applications from interested candidates are assessed against the points assessment for self-employed business immigration to Canada. The pass mark for the self-employed persons program is 35 points out of 100.

Selection Factors

Points

Experience

Maximum 35 points

Age

Maximum 10 points

Education 

Maximum 25 points

Ability in English or French

Maximum 24 points

Adaptability

Maximum 6 points

Total

Maximum 100 points

Pass Mark

35 points

Factor 1: Experience

Relevant experience must have been obtained within the five-year period before an application is signed and ends when a decision is made on an application. Applicants may obtain up to 35 points under the experience factor.

Years of experience

Points

Two years of relevant experience

20

Three years of relevant experience

25

Four years of relevant experience

30

Five years of relevant experience

35

Factor 2: Age

Applicants will be awarded selection points based on their age at the time of application.

Age

Points

16 or under 

0

17

2

18

4

19

6

20

8

21-49

10

50

8

51

6

52

4

53

2

54+

0

Factor 3: Education

Self-employed applicants can be awarded up to 25 points under the education factor.

Education

Points

Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

25

Two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

22

Three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

22

University degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

20

Two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

20

One-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

15

One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

15

One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study

12

High school diploma

5

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Factor 4: Language Ability

Self-employed persons may be awarded up to 24 points depending on their proficiency in English or French.

Proficiency Level

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

HIGH: Individual can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.

Speaking: High

Listening: High

Reading: High

Writing: High

MODERATE: Individual can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.

Speaking: Moderate

Listening: Moderate

Reading: Moderate

Writing: Moderate

BASIC: Individual can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.

Speaking: Basic

Listening: Basic

Reading: Basic

Writing: Basic

NO: Individual does not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.

Does not meet Basic Level

Does not meet Basic Level

Does not meet Basic Level

Does not meet Basic Level

Factor 5: Adaptability

Self-employed individuals may obtain up to six (6) points for adaptability based on the following:

Adaptability

Points

Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education

·        Secondary school (high school) diploma or less: 0 points

·        A one-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 3 points

·        A two or three-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 4 points

·        A master’s degree or PhD and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 5 points

3-5 

Previous work in Canada

Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit.

5

Previous study in Canada

Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada. Applicant must have done this after 17 years of age and with a valid study permit.

Note: There’s no need to have obtained a degree or diploma for these two years of study to earn these points.

5

Relatives in Canada
Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

5

QUEBEC SELF EMPLOYED

The Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program grants qualified individuals the opportunity to obtain permanent residence provided they can effectively establish themselves as an independent tradesperson or professional in the province.

Quebec will accept 50 applications for selection under its Self-Employed Worker Program between November 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. Candidates who can demonstrate advanced intermediate abilities in French oral expression and French oral comprehension by way of a MIFI-recognized language test are exempt from this cap and can apply at any time between November 1, 2019, and October 31, 2020.

Quebec accepts applications from self-employed from foreign nationals who meet the requirements of the program.

About the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Quebec welcomes self-employed foreign nationals interested in coming to Quebec to work as an independent tradesperson or professional. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for the program, the Government of Quebec says the self-employed worker must accept the following conditions:

  • choose the means of work performance;
  • organize the work;
  • provide the required tools and equipment;
  • carry out most of the specialized duties; and
  • collect the profits and support the loss risks resulting from the work.

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Requirements for the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), says that foreign nationals interested in obtaining permanent residence in Quebec under the Self-Employed Worker Program must be at least 18 years of age and meet other program requirements.

To be considered for selection, self-employed workers based in Montreal must register a start-up deposit of $50,000 or more at a local financial institution. Candidates based in regions outside of Montreal will have to deposit at least $25,000.

All Self-Employed Worker Program candidates must meet the passing score under the Quebec Economic Class selection grid for the Quebec Self-Employed Program. Candidates will be awarded up to 99 points (112 points if accompanied by a spouse or common-law partner) for factors that include education level, professional experience, language proficiency in French and English, stay and family in Quebec, age, financial self-sufficiency, amount of deposit, and financial resources.

All Quebec Self-Employed Worker applicants must demonstrate the intention to reside in Quebec. During the review of an application, Quebec Self-employed candidates may be invited to attend a selection interview.

The following are the minimum requirements for the program:

Factor

Minimum requirements 

Education level

Secondary school general diploma

Professional experience as a self-employed worker

Have acquired a minimum of two years of experience in the profession or trade that they intend to practice after establishing themselves in Quebec.

Financial self-sufficiency 

Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency.

Deposit for startup

Register a start-up deposit of at least $50,000 at a local financial institution if based in the metropolitan area of Montreal. Candidates based outside of Montreal will be required to deposit at least $25,000.

Minimum net worth

Have legally acquired a minimum of CAD$100,000 in net worth, alone or with the help of their spouse or common-law partner in the event that the spouse or common-law partner is accompanying.