Self Employed Programs

Self-Employed in the Federal Government

The Self-Employed Class is for applicants who have relevant self-employment experience and the desire and ability to create their own employment and contribute significantly to Canada’s cultural, artistic, or athletic life, or to create their own employment by purchasing and managing a farm in Canada.


A successful applicant has at least two years of experience in self-employment in cultural activities or athletics in the five years prior to the application date; world-class involvement in cultural activities or athletics; or farm management experience.


To qualify, the applicant must show a sufficient financial net worth that, while less than that of an entrepreneur and not specified in the regulations, should allow the applicant to be self-employed in Canada and contribute significantly to specified economic activities in Canada, as well as meet the initial settlement requirements for the applicant and accompanying dependents.

Self-Employed in Quebec

The Quebec Self-Employed Program is designed to help those who are self-employed in Quebec.


Self-employed candidates in Quebec are distinguished from skilled worker applicants by the fact that they come to Canada to create their own job by practicing a profession or engaging in commercial operations. They must have two years of relevant experience, a personal net worth of $100,000 CAD, sufficient settlement financing, and want to come to Quebec to work in a profession designated by the National Occupational Classification.


The self-employed applicant, like skilled workers, is evaluated using a selection grid that takes into account a variety of parameters.

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