The Canadian Self-employed Persons Program is also sometimes referred to as the World Class Athletes and Cultural Performers category which we have listed under the Temporary Resident category as it applies to both permanent and temporary residents. It is a stream by which people with much to offer may immigrate to Canada permanently as self-employed persons. They must prove to the Canadian government that they have some relevant contributions to make to the economy or culture.
To immigrate as a self-employed person, you must:
- have relevant experience
- be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada
- meet the program’s selection criteria and
- meet medical, security, and other conditions
- show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada.
Relevant experience means that you have taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics. You can get more points if you have 3, 4, or 5 years of experience.
For this category, you must have at least two years of experience in your field, during the period starting five years before the day you apply and ending on the day you receive your decision on your application.
At a minimum, your experience must be:
1. for cultural activities:
a) – 2 one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or
b) – 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or
c) – a combination of a one-year period described in (a) and a one-year period
2. for athletics:
a) – 2 one-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or
b) – 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in athletics, or
c) – a combination of a one-year period described in (1) above, and a one-year period described in (2) above
You are scored out of a possible total of 100 points on the following criteria relating to your suitability for the program: experience, education, age, language abilities, and your ability to adapt to life in Canada.
|Ability in French &/or English||24 points|
Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
|5112||Conservators and Curators|
|5121||Authors and Writers|
|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|
|5135||Actors and Comedians|
|5136||Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists|
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation, and Sport
|5211||Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants|
|5212||Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries|
|5222||Film and Video Camera Operators|
|5223||Graphic Arts 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|
|5241||Graphic Designers and Illustrators|
|5243||Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers|
|5244||Artisans and Craftspersons|
|5245||Patternmakers – Textile, Leather, and Fur Products|
|5253||Sports Officials and Referees|
|5254||Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness|
(As of March 10, 2018, applications under the farm management stream of the Self-Employed Persons Program are no longer being accepted. Those applications already in process prior to that date will be promised.)
If you have questions about the Canadian Self-employed Persons Program, just call our team at 001 604-440-6221.