The Self-Employed Program

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About the program

What is the Self-Employed Program?

The Self-Employed federal program allows people with experience in the cultural, artistic, sportive, athletic or agricultural field to apply for the Canadian Permanent Residence outside of the province of Quebec.


Good processing time
No minimum amount of money to invest
No net worth requirement
Flexible in terms of age, education levels and language abilities
Many occupations are eligible
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Have relevant work experience in the field

Be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada

Meet the program’s selection criteria based on the following factors: age, education, work experience, language abilities and adaptability

Meet medical, security and other general admissibility conditions

What is considered to be relevant experience?

You must have taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or to have been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics.

How many years of relevant experience should I demonstrate?

You must be able to demonstrate that the relevant experience was acquired at least two years in the last five years preceding the application.

What occupations are eligible for this program?

Many occupations are eligible, including:

  • Graphic designer
  • Journalist
  • Public relations professionals
  • Translators
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Coach
  • Author
  • Photographer
  • And many others!

Why choose Exeo?

With many years of experience in immigration, the Exeo team is here to assist you with your immigration and investment project, from A to Z.

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