Self Employed Program

Ontario Business Program is dedicated to international entrepreneurs who wish to invest in Ontario.

Key Features

Investment

There is no minimum required amount. It depends on the project’s requirements

Net Worth

Should have enough funds to invest in the new project in Canada and to support your family.

Outcome

This program offer the permanent residency

Self Employed Program

The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as self-employed persons. It is dedicated to the foreign nationals with relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics to establish themselves in Canada as permanent residents. 

Eligibility Requirements

To immigrate as a self-employed person, you must:

  • 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

Relevant experience

Your experience is relevant if you have:

  • taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or
  • been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics

Definitions

Relevant experience for a self-employed person means at least two years of experience.

It must be during the period starting 5 years before the day you apply and ending on the day we make a decision on your application.

You can get more points if you have 3, 4, or 5 years of experience.

At a minimum, your experience must be:

for cultural activities:

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

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

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

for athletics:

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

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

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

     
    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

    Self-Employed Persons Program: Selection Criteria

    Applications from interested candidates are assessed against the points assessment for self-employed business immigration to Canada. The pass mark for the self-employed persons program is 35 points out of 100.
    Selection Factors Points
    Experience Maximum 35 points
    Age Maximum 10 points
    Education Maximum 25 points
    Ability in English or French Maximum 24 points
    Adaptability Maximum 6 points
    Total Maximum 100 points
    Pass Mark 35 points

    Factor 1: Experience

    Relevant experience must have been obtained within the five-year period before an application is signed and ends when a decision is made on an application. Applicants may obtain up to 35 points under the experience factor.
    Years of experience 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

    Factor 2: Age

    Applicants will be awarded selection points based on their age at the time of application.
    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

    Factor 3: Education

    Self-employed applicants can be awarded up to 25 points under the education factor.
    Education Points
    Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study 25
    Two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study 22
    Three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study 22
    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
    Two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study 20
    One-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study 15
    One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study 15
    One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study 12
    High school diploma 5

    Factor 4: Language Ability 

    Self-employed persons may be awarded up to 24 points depending on their proficiency in English or French.
    Proficiency Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing
    HIGH: Individual can communicate effectively in most social and work situations. Speaking: High Listening: High Reading: High Writing: High
    MODERATE: Individual can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations. Speaking: Moderate Listening: Moderate Reading: Moderate Writing: Moderate
    BASIC: Individual can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty. Speaking: Basic Listening: Basic Reading: Basic Writing: Basic
    NO: Individual does not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency. Does not meet Basic Level Does not meet Basic Level Does not meet Basic Level Does not meet Basic Level

    Factor 5: Adaptability

    Self-employed individuals may obtain up to six (6) points for adaptability based on the following:
    Adaptability 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
    3-5
    Previous work in Canada Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit. 5
    Previous study in Canada Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada. Applicant must have done this after 17 years of age and with a valid study permit. Note: There’s no need to have obtained a degree or diploma for these two years of study to earn these points. 5
    Relatives in Canada Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 5

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