Self-Employed

To be eligible as a self-employed person, you must:

start-up visa

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.
Consult definitions of terms used for self-employed applicants for more information.

Selection criteria
We will assess you on selection criteria that include your:

  • experience,
  • education,
  • age,
  • language abilities, and
  • adaptability.
Consult definitions of terms used for self-employed applicants for more information.

Medical, security and other requirements
You and your family members must have a medical exam and get police certificates.

You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada.

language visa

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.
Activities for a self-employed person selected by a province are decided by the laws of the province.