The Self-Employed 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.

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

Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

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




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