The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada under cultural activities, athletics or farming categories. To qualify, applicants under the cultural or athletic category must have the relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and intend to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. The cultural activity or athletics should be considered a world class level, such as someone who has received awards in the industry on a global stage.
To qualify under the farming category, the applicant must have experience in farm management and intend, and be able to, buy and manage a farm in Canada. The self-employed farmer should have farming experience using similar practices as Canadian farmers.
All applicants under the Self-Employed category must also meet other immigration criteria.