Self-employment program for artists and athletes 


Canada’s federal self-employment program seeks to attract applicants who have been self-employed in the field of sports or cultural activities and have earned income in this way. This program has been introduced by the Canadian Immigration Department for those interested based on the applicant’s specialized ability in the field of art or sports, which includes self-employed professional experience, and leads to obtaining permanent residence in Canada.

Program conditions

The minimum requirements to qualify for the self-employment program include artistic or sports professional activity, self-employment history, and financial ability.

In order to succeed in this program, the applicant must keep several key points in mind:

Provide relevant work experience
Willingness to be self-employed and earn money according to resume
Financial ability to start a business in Canada

To apply for this program, the applicant must:

2 years in the last 5 years before filing the case, he has been self-employed in cultural or artistic and sports fields, or
2 years in the last 5 years before filing the case, has been active in the field of culture or art and sports at the world level, or
A combination of the two above. At least 1 year of self-employment and 1 year of global activity.

Having national or international titles will be a strong point in the applicant’s file.

The rating of this program is as follows:

  1. Education up to 25 points
  2. Work experience up to 35 points
  3. Age up to 10 points
  4. Knowledge of English or French up to 24 points
  5. Compatibility conditions up to 6 points

In order to apply for this program, it is necessary to obtain at least 35 points. But this does not mean that if you have this minimum score, your case will definitely succeed. Although the application conditions for this program seem simple, the complexities of this program and convincing the officer that the applicant has the ability to start a business in Canada and earn money, require detailed analysis and examination of the conditions of each applicant.

The list of eligible jobs in this program is as follows:

Jobs in the arts and culture sector
Conservators and Curators
Authors and Writers
Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
Musicians and Singers
Actors and Comedians
Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
Film and Video Camera Operators
Graphic Arts Technicians
Broadcast Technicians
Audio and Video Recording Technicians
Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
Announcers and Other Broadcasters
Other Performers
Graphic Designers and Illustrators
Interior Designers
Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
Artisans and Craftsperson
Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
Jobs in the field of sports
Sports Officials and Referees