Self-Employed Persons Program (Selection Factors & Requirements)

A foreign national who gained at least 2 years of work experience in the past 5 years as a self-employed in cultural activities or athletics may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Self-Employed Persons Program.

Overview Of Self-Employed Person s Program 


A foreign national who gained at least 2 years of work experience in the past 5 years as a self-employed in cultural activities or athletics may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Self-Employed Persons ProgramA candidate must show that he or she is intended to become self-employed in Canada.


Selection Criteria For Self-Employed Persons


There is a selection grid to assess whether a candidate will be able to make an economic contribution to Canada.


A candidate is required to score at least 35 points (out of 100 points) to meet eligibility criteria.


Selection criteria include:

Selection criteria   Maximum points 
Education                             25
Experience                           35
Age                                        10
English and/or French        24
Adaptability                           6

TOTAL                                  100 

Points for relevant experience (in the 5 years before a decision is made)


Relevant Experince           Points                    

2 years                                     20
3 years                                     25
4 years                                     30
5 years                                     35


Age Points

Age           Points
> =16           0
17                 2
18                 4
19                 6
20                 8
21–49         10
50                 8
51                 6
52                 4
53                 2
54+               0


Points for Adaptability


Adaptability factor                         Points

Spouse's level of education              3-5
Previous work in Canada (1 year)      5
Previous study in Canada (2 years)  5
Relatives in Canada                              5


Education 


Degree & years of study - Points

  • Master’s Degree or Ph.D. & 17 years of full-time study - 25 points
  • 2 or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level & at least 15 years of full-time study - 22 points
  • 3-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship & at least 15 years of full-time  study - 22 points
  • A university degree of 2 years or more at the bachelor’s level & at least 14 years of full-time study - 20 points
  • 2-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship & at least 14 years of full-time study - 20 points
  • 1-year university degree at the bachelor’s level & at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study - 15 points
  • 1-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship & at least 13 years of full-time - 15 points
  • 1-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship & at least 12 years of full-time - 12 points
  • High school - 5 points

Athletics Or Cultural Activities


Experience is relevant if a candidate has taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or has been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics.


Participation at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics intends to capture performers.  This comprises those who perform in the world of sport and the arts.


World-class” means a person who is famous internationally. It also applies to persons who may not be popular worldwide but perform at the highest levels in their discipline


Making a major artistic input or cultural life or athletics for the self-employed class is going to enrich Canadian culture and sports sector. When applicants have a great level of experience, ability, and right intent, there is a reasonable prospect that they have self-employment in culture or sport. 



Eligible Occupations In Culture, Art, Sport, And Recreation According To Canada NOC


Professional occupations in art and culture (Major Group 51 of NOC)

511 Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators


  • 5111 Librarians
  • 5112 Conservators and curators
  • 5113 Archivists


512 Writing, translating and related communications professionals


  • 5121 Authors and writers
  • 5122 Editors
  • 5123 Journalists
  • 5125 Translators, terminologists, and interpreters


513 Creative and performing artists


  • 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 occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport (Major Group 52 )

521 Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries 


  • 5211 Library and public archive technicians
  • 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries


522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts


  • 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, photography and the performing arts


523 Announcers and other performers, n.e.c. 


  • 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
  • 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.


524 Creative designers and craftspersons 


  • 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


525 Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations


  • 5251 Athletes
  • 5252 Coaches
  • 5253 Sports officials and referees
  • 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness


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