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Canadian Self-Employed Persons Program

The  Canadian Self-Employed Persons Visa is specifically for those who have at least two years of relevant experience in cultural activities, athletics or farm management. Candidates must also have the intention and ability to establish a business that will, at a minimum, create employment for themselves.

In addition, candidates must also make a significant contribution to cultural activities or athletics or purchase and manage a farm in Canada.

Eligibility: Employment, funds, and points

To be eligible for this visa, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate at least 2 years relevant experience of self-employment in cultural activities or in athletics, and must have participated at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics, or farm management experience
  • Possession of sufficient funds to support their family upon arriving in Canada
  • Must have the intention and ability to establish a business that will at a minimum, generate self-employment for themselves
  • Able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or purchase and manage a farm in Canada
  • Earn sufficient points in the selection factors to meet the pass mark. The selection factors include points awarded for:
    • Education
    • Must be proficient in Canadian official languages (English and French)
    • Must have relevant work experience
    • Age
    • Adaptability factors (such as the ability to retrain)

Eligibility: Language skills

Applicants must be able to speak English, or French, or both languages. As prove, applicants must provide test results from:

  • Test results from the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), OR;
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), OR;
  • The Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)

Self-Employed Program in Quebec only

The Quebec Self-Employed Program is aimed towards applicants who will generate their own employment by practising an occupation for which they already have previous experience.

Eligibility: Employment and funds

In order to apply under this program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have at least two years of relevant experience in the same occupation they intend to pursue in Quebec (which is not limited to athletics, cultural activities, or farm management like the Canadian program)
  • Applicants must have a minimum net worth of $100,000 CDN of legally acquired funds (The applicant’s spouse’s funds count towards this total)
  • Applicants must have the intention and ability to create their own employment by pursuing their occupation in Quebec.

Eligibility: Language skills

Applicants must be able to communicate in English, French, or both languages. As prove,  applicants must provide test results from the following:

  • Test results from the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), OR;
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), OR;
  • The Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)