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Immigration to Canada as a Self-Employed Person

Immigration to Canada as a Self-Employed Person
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Canada is becoming a popular destination for people wanting to immigrate and settle there. The quality of life, education system, and working conditions are some factors that make it one of the most popular countries. It is not only an excellent opportunity for those who have job offers from Canadian companies but even those who wish to start their businesses or be self-employed. The British Columbia PNP program and the self-employed Persons Program, etc., can help you in this direction.

Canadian Business Immigration Programs:

Businesspersons can go to Canada to start businesses. Such individuals can apply for a Canadian PR under the program if they have business experience and the required net worth. There are four sub-categories for the Canadian Business Immigration Program:

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Self-Employed Persons
  • Province Nominee Program (PNP) Business Programs

Generally, entrepreneurs and the self-employed immigration programs are for individuals with a mid-range personal net worth who intend to set up and operate a business in Canada. Canada Immigration Consultants in India will guide you through applying for the self-employed program. 

Let us see how.

Self-employed Persons Program for Canadian Immigration 

You can immigrate as a self-employed person permanently to Canada under this program. For any person interested in the program, self-employed individuals should meet the following experience criteria:

  • Have relevant work experience, such as a minimum of two years experience within the last five years. 
  • Individuals going as athletes should have two one-year periods self-employed in athletics, or two one-year periods with world-level participation in athletics, or a mixture of both.

Other Selection Criteria

  • Be capable of being self-employed as per listed criteria.
  • To qualify as a self-employed immigrant, you must meet the program’s selection criteria:
  • Get a minimum of 35 points based on the Canadian immigration five selection criteria and point system.
  • Meet medical, security, and other criteria.
  • Proficiency in English or French as the ability to read, write, listen, and speak (IELTS or CELPIP for English, or TCF Canada or TEF Canada for French)
  • Adaptability points will be given based on a spouse or common-law partner’s education level, previous work or study done in Canada on a valid work or study permit, or based on any relative residing in Canada.

The self-employed individuals will be evaluated on the above criteria for which points will be given:

  1. Education: 25
  2. Work Experience: 35
  3. Age: 10
  4. Language Abilities: 24
  5. Adaptability: 6

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

Canada also offers the BC Entrepreneur Program under which qualified individuals and their families can move to the Canadian Province of British Columbia and operate their own small business there. This program is part of the British Columbia PNP Program (BCPNP). It is best suited for managers and experienced business owners who have the financial knowledge and ability to create or manage a Canadian business.

BC Entrepreneur Program 2019:

An entrepreneur participating in the British Columbia Investor Program must: 

  • Be able to invest at least CAD 200,000 in a new or existing business that the applicant plans to improve. 
  • Must be able to create a minimum of one new job for a Canadian citizen or PR. 
  • They must live near the business and manage the daily operations.

BC Investor Immigration Eligibility:

Registrants for business immigration to British Columbia must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria to stay and work in Canada
  • Meet personal net worth requirements
  • Have experience setting up or operating a business

British Columbia Business Immigration Programs:

Business immigrants can apply to BC PNP in any of the three ways as per the criteria they meet:

  1. Entrepreneur Immigration
  2. Regional Pilot Entrepreneur Immigration 
  3. Strategic Projects Stream

 Let us discuss these streams.

Entrepreneur Immigration Stream:

This is one of the streams of the Entrepreneur Stream of the British Columbia PNP. Individuals, who want to migrate to Canada and find a permanent residence and start up an innovative business that boosts the economic growth within British Columbia, can apply to this program.

Business owners looking to invest in a BC business can apply. Their application will be judged based on their selection criteria qualifications. They will then receive a letter of support from the Canadian government. Based on this letter, the applicants need to submit another application to the Canadian Immigration department to get a two-year work permit.

Entrepreneur Immigration under Regional Pilot Stream:

If you are a passionate and experienced entrepreneur who wishes to set up businesses in various small British Columbia communities, you can apply under the Regional Pilot Stream. The applicant needs to: 

  • Contribute to the specific labour needs of the communities in BC, 
  • Meet the selection criteria for both applicants and communities. 

Strategic Projects Stream:

If you are a foreign entrepreneur wanting to set up a business, operating facility, corporate headquarters, or branch office in British Columbia, you can apply under this scheme of the BC PNP.


Interested candidates can contact the Canada Immigration Consultants in India for a detailed guideline to the application process. They need to give their biometrics, get the application package, pay the application fees, and submit their application along with the related documents asked. It has to be kept in mind that the application may get rejected as well, but applicants can fix the errors and resubmit them.

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