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Canada’s Self-Employed Persons Program for immigration

Posted on October 7, 2020
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Canada Self-Employed Persons Program

The Canadian immigration Self-Employed Persons Program (SEPP) is specifically for applicants who intend and have the ability to become self-employed in Canada. There is a separate self-employed program for Quebec.

Required qualifications for SEPP: Candidates must have the experience and ability to:

  • Make a major contribution as artisans or as athletes at an international level to the cultural or sporting life in Canada
  • Buy a farm in Canada and handling it

Relevant Experience is defined as:

  • At least two years of participation in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level
  • At least two years of experience of self-employment in cultural activities of athletics
  • At least two years of experience in farm management

Selection factors:

Once applicants have been classified as meeting the concept of ‘self-employed individuals,’ they will then be evaluated on the basis of the selection criteria set out in the table below. If they want to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed citizen, applicants must receive a minimum of 35 points out of 100 potential points.

Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
Ability in French and/or English 24
Adaptability 6

Other requirements

The applicant and the applicant’s immediate family members must, like most other Canadian immigration systems, undergo medical evaluations and safety risk tests, as well as be able to show that they will have adequate settlement funds to support themselves and their families once they arrive in Canada.

Qualifying for an ITA under the SEPP

When you apply for the program, you’ll need to meet the criteria mentioned above in order to receive points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These points are then added to create a score for your online profile which will be created on your application. This cumulative score competes against other scores till there is a draw from the pool of applicants. An Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada will then be issued to these applicants. Note that when you obtain recommendations, new talents, or skills, your score can be updated in the process.

Quebec self-employed program

The Quebec self-employed program is designed for applicants who wish to immigrate to Quebec by generating their own employment in Quebec.

In order to qualify for the program, the applicant must have:

  • Two years of experience in the occupation they wish to pursue which can include but need not be limited to athletics, cultural activities, or farm management.
  • Should have a minimum net worth of 10,000 dollars of legally acquired funds of which the spouse’s funds can also be included
  • Should have the intention and ability to create their own employment by pursuing an occupation where they have experience.

Under the Self-Employed Persons Program, eligible occupations within Canada’s artistic, cultural and athletic fields include:

Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
5111 Librarians
5112 Conservators and Curators
5113 Archivists
5121 Authors and Writers
5122 Editors
5123 Journalists
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
5134 Dancers
5135 Actors and Comedians
5136 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists


Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
5211 Library and Public Archive Technicians
5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
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 and the Performing Arts
5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters
5232 Other Performers
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
5251 Athletes
5252 Coaches
5253 Sports Officials and Referees
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
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