Self-employed person

Eligibility for a self-employed person

  • 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

Must also score at least 35 points on a selection grid designed to determine whether candidate will be able to make an economic contribution to Canada.

 

To prove having relevant experience candidates must have at least two years of experience during the period starting 5 years before the day of application and ending on the date a decision is made on the application. More points are allocated for 3,4 & 5 years of experience 

  • taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or

  • been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics

 

Experience of candidate must be:

 

for cultural activities:

  • 2 one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or

  • 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or

  • a combination of a one-year period described in (a), and a one-year period described in (b)

 

for athletics:

  • 2 one-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or

  • 2 one-year periods participating at a world class level in athletics, or

  • a combination of a one-year period described in (a) above, and a one-year period described in (b) above

Selection criteria Maximum points 

Education               25 

Experience             35 

Age                         10 

Ability in English

and/or French        24 

Adaptability             

TOTAL100

Points for education: maximum 25 points

EducationMaximum 25 points

  • You have a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 25 points

  • You have two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 22 points

  • You have a three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 22 points

  • You have a university degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 20 points

  • You have a two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 20 points

  • You have a one-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 15 points

  • You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 15 points

  • You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study- 12 points

  • You completed high school- 5 points

Points for experience: maximum 35 points

  • Two years of relevant experience - 20

  • Three years of relevant experience - 25

  • Four years of relevant experience - 30

  • Five years of relevant experience - 35

Points for age: maximum 10 points

  • Age                Points

  • 16 or under.     0

  • 17                     2

  • 18                     4

  • 19                     6

  • 20                     8

  • 21–49              10

  • 50                     8

  • 51                     6

  • 52                     4

  • 53                     2

  • 54+                   0

Points for language ability: maximum 24 points

Points for adaptability: maximum 6 points

  • Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education

    • Secondary school (high school) diploma or less: 0 points

    • A one-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 3 points

    • A two or three-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 4 points

    • A master’s degree or PhD and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 5 points

Previous work in Canada - 5

Previous study in Canada - 5

Relatives in Canada - 5