Self-Employed Persons Program

The Self-Employed Persons Program is open to individuals with prior self-employed experience as athletes (at an international level), or artisans.

If you are a well-known basketball player, freelance filmmaker, journalist or Ku Fung master, and the world has somehow recorded your attainments in one way or the other, Canada welcomes you. It has a Self-Employed Person Program for you and your family to apply for permanent residency. You must be able to demonstrate that you have the relevant artistic or athletic experience that will allow you to be self-employed and make a significant contribution to the cultural and sporting life of Canada.

Participation at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics intends to capture performers. It describes those who perform in the arts and the world of sport. “World-class” identifies persons who are known internationally. It also identifies persons who may not be known internationally but performs at the highest levels in their discipline.

Relevant experience consists of at least two years of experience of self-employment or participation at a world-class level in art. You must get a minimum of 35 out of 100 points on five selection education, experience, age, English/French language ability, and adaptability.

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.

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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