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The Canadian Self-Employed Persons Program is designed for individuals with relevant experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management. Applicants must also have the desire and ability to start a business that will, at the very least, provide them with employment. Applicants must also contribute significantly to cultural or athletic activities, or purchase and manage a farm in Canada. CIC offers the Canada Self-Employed Persons Program to new immigrants (Citizenship and Immigration Canada). This programme, which offers a variety of occupational streams, is intended to bring new immigrants to Canada who intend to work for themselves.

Social Immigration Services help you become a strong candidate by assisting you with the right guidance and efficiently filling your application for Permanent Residency  through Express Entry.

Prerequisites for applying to Canada's Start-up Visa Program

The Start-up Visa Program in Canada is a one-of-a-kind immigration programme designed specifically for self-employed individuals. It is intended for entrepreneurs who want to immigrate to Canada and start a business that employs Canadians. To participate in the programme, an applicant must meet the following requirements: a Letter of Support from a designated funder; ownership verification for a qualifying business; required levels of Language Benchmark in English or French; and adequate funds to live in Canada before realising any income.

Criteria for selection under the Canada Self-Employed Persons Program

A self-employed person is a foreign national who has appropriate experience in a field of endeavour and plans to be self-employed once in Canada. Applicants must be able to contribute significantly to the Canadian economy.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada evaluates applicants based on criteria such as previous experience in a chosen field, established educational accreditation, age and physical adaptability, language skills (in English or French), medical examinations/security checks, and financial resources once landed.

Specific occupations for self-employed Canadians programme applicants

In addition to specific admissibility requirements, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has classified occupations that would qualify for application under the Canada Self-Employed Persons Program, which include: librarians, curators, archivists, technical supports, writers, translators, journalists, authors, editors, choreographers, producers, directors, associated musical conductors, score arrangers, composers, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, comedians, painters, visual artists, and visual artists.

Eligibility: Employment, funds, and points

For this visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Education
  • Knowledge of the official languages of Canada (English and French)
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Adaptability
Eligibility: Language skills

Applicants must have reasonable proficiency in English, or French, or both languages. To prove these applicants must provide test results from:

Self-Employed Program in Quebec only

The Quebec Self-Employed Program is geared towards applicants who will generate their own employment by practicing an occupation for which they possess previous experience.

Eligibility: Employment and funds

In order to apply under this program, applicants must: