What are the requirements for qualifying as a Self-employed Person?

To meet the definition, you must demonstrate that you have at least two years of relevant experience, you have the intention and the ability to be self-employed in Canada, and you have the intention and the ability to make a significant contribution to specified economic activities in Canada.

Canadian Universities and Colleges

University of Alberta
Athabasca University

Augustana University College
University of Calgary
Concordia University College of Alberta
The King’s University College
The University of Lethbridge


British Columbia
The University of British Columbia
British Columbia Open University
University College of the Cariboo
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
University College of the Fraser Valley
Malaspina University-College
University of Northern British Columbia
Okanagan University College
Royal Roads University
Simon Fraser University
Trinity Western University
University of Victoria

Brandon University
Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface
University of Manitoba
University of Winnipeg


New Brunswick
Université de Moncton
Mount Allison University
University of New Brunswick
St. Thomas University


Memorial University of Newfoundland


Nova Scotia
Acadia University
University College of Cape Breton
Dalhousie University
University of King’s College
Mount Saint Vincent University
Nova Scotia Agricultural College
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Université Sainte-Anne
St. Francis Xavier University
Saint Mary’s University


Brescia University College
Brock University
Carleton University
Collège dominicain de philosophie et de théologie
University of Guelph
Huron University College
King’s College
Lakehead University
Laurentian University of Sudbury
Université Laurentienne de Sudbury
McMaster University
Nipissing University
University of Ottawa
Queen’s University at Kingston
Redeemer University College
Royal Military College of Canada
Ryerson University
Saint Paul University
St. Jerome’s University
University of St. Michael’s College
University of Sudbury
University of Toronto
Trent University
University of Trinity College
Victoria University
University of Waterloo
The University of Western Ontario
Wilfrid Laurier University
University of Windsor
York University


Prince Edward Island
University of Prince Edward Island


Bishop’s University
Concordia University
HEC Montréal
Université Laval
McGill University
Université de Montréal
École Polytechnique de Montréal
Université du Québec : École nationale d’administration publique
Université du Québec : École de technologie supérieure
Université du Québec : Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Université du Québec : Télé-université
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Université du Québec à Montréal
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Université du Québec
Université de Sherbrooke


Campion College
Luther College
University of Regina
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
St. Thomas More College

What is meant by ?business?

A business is a commercial enterprise carried on for the purpose of profit. This does not exclude businesses that are not currently generating profits or professional practices, but it does exclude governmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and others.

Does the business experience have to be recent?

You can go back as far as five years before the date of your application (and up until a decision is made on your application by a visa officer).

What are the requirements for qualifying as an entrepreneur?

To meet the definition, you must have at least two years of business experience and demonstrate a legally obtained net worth of at least CAN$300,000. You must then obtain a minimum of 35 points in a designed to determine whether you will be able to become economically established in Canada.

You will be required to indicate in writing that you have the intention and ability to meet given business conditions in Canada. After taking up permanent residence in Canada, you will have three years to meet these conditions.

I am operating my business in a Gulf state where there are no corporate or personal income taxes. How does this effect my application?

Tax returns provide important third-party evidence of business activity and are available in most jurisdictions. In order to compensate, additional documentation such as financial information prepared by a recognized public accountancy firm may be required. There is also an increased probability that you will be asked to attend an interview to provide original supporting documentation such as receipts, invoices, cheques, bank statements etc.

What type of documents will I be required to submit in support of my application?

In addition to the usual documents in support of any application for immigration to Canada, you will be required to provide documents supporting your past business experience, such as the following:

  • financial statements
  • corporate and personal income tax returns
  • tax assessments
  • bank statements
  • business licenses
  • minute books
  • letters of reference
  • promotional material.