Are you an artist or an athlete? Is your profession in the arts, culture or athletic field and have you made significant contributions to it? If yes, then the self-employed persons class is right for you!

Through the eyes of the Government of Canada, a self-employed person means a foreign national who has relevant experience and has the intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to specified economic activities.


What are these specified economic activities?

  • Creative and performing artists

  • Writing, translating and communication

  • Sport announcers, and referees

  • Athletes and coaches 

  • And some related occupations

Eligibility requirements:

  • Show relevant experience ( intention and the ability to become self-employed in Canada)

  • The applicant must show minimum two 1-year periods of full-time relevant experience within the past 5 years 

  • Demonstrate intention and ability of being self-employed in Canada through business plan, finances and visits

  • Score a minimum on the point system which evaluates language proficiency level, work experience, age, education and adaptability points