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Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

The Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program allows certain self-employed people to immigrate to Quebec and develop their own job.

In order for an individual to qualify for this program, an applicant must have net assets of a minimum of $100,000 CAD and two years of experience as a self-employed worker within the field they decide to practice in Quebec.

The Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program is an immigration path that focuses on newcomers with experience creating their own jobs. Successful applicants are permitted to immigrate to Quebec where they’re going to create their own job by practicing a profession or trade on their own account.

As it is with all of Quebec’s immigration pathways, when operational, this program allowed applicants to apply for a certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate). Upon receiving a CSQ, an applicant becomes eligible to submit a formal application for Canadian permanent residence.

If you’re curious about this program, you must:

  • have appropriate experience in activities related to culture or athletics and
  • be willing and ready to make a notable contribution to the cultural or athletic lifetime of Canada

Eligibility Requirements for Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

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

  • have relevant experience
  • be willing and prepared to be self-employed in Canada
  • meet the program’s selection criteria and
  • meet medical, security, and other conditions
  • Come to Quebec to establish their own job by practicing a profession or trade on their own account
  • Have net assets of a minimum of $100,000 CAD that is legally obtained with, when applicable, an accompanying spouse or common-law partner.

Relevant Experience

Your experience has relevancy if you have:

  • participated in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or
  • been a self-employed individual in cultural activities or athletics


Relevant experience for a self-employed individual means a minimum of two years of experience. It must be during the time starting 5 years before the day the individual applies and ending on the day a decision is made on the application. The applicant can get more points if they have 3, 4, or 5 years of experience.
At a minimum, the individual’s experience must be:

  • for cultural activities:
  1. two 1-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or
  2. two 1-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or
  3. a mixture of a one-year period described in (a), and a one-year period described in (b)
  • for athletics:
  1. two 1-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or
  2. two 1-year periods participating at a world-class level in athletics, or
  3. a mixture of a one-year period described in (a) above, and a one-year period described in (b) above.

Selection criteria

An applicant is assessed based on selection criteria surrounding the following associated with them:

  • experience
  • education
  • age
  • language abilities
  • adaptability

Medical, Security Checks, and Other Requirements

  • The applicant and their accompanying relations must have a checkup and obtain police certificates.
  • The applicant must also show that they have enough money to support themselves and their family after they arrive to Canada.

How to Apply

  • Get the appliance package
  • Pay your application fees
  • Submit your application

Get the appliance package
The application package contains a guide and document checklist. The guide has been provided to the applicant to help them fill out the forms correctly.

  • Fill out the Generic form for Canada [IMM 0008] (PDF, 553.83 KB) on your computer.
    When you’re done:

    • Click the “Validate” button on the shape. If there are any required fields you have to fill out, they’re going to be outlined in red
    • Print the validated form, including the barcode page(s).
    • Sign and date the shape where asked
    • Include all the pages of the application form, including the barcode page(s), together with your application
    • Print the remaining forms, and sign and date where asked
  • Gather all the supporting information listed within the Document Checklist (PDF, 384.24 KB) to form sure you don’t miss anything

Include all the forms, information, documents, signatures, language test results, and costs that are requested for. If any information is missing, your application is going to be incomplete and it will be returned to you without processing it.

All answers provided must be complete and true. If it is discovered that you misrepresented yourself (gave us false information or overlooked important details):

  • your application might be refused
  • you’ll be found inadmissible and
  • you’ll be barred for five years from applying to return to Canada for any reason

Pay your Application Fees

In most cases, your fees will include:

  • processing fees for you and anyone included on your application
  • the proper Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)
  • biometrics
  • third-party fees

Biometrics Fee

In most cases, you have to pay a biometrics fee once you submit your application. Otherwise, you’ll experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the costs of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.
After you pay the biometrics fee with your complete application, you will receive a letter confirming that you have to give your biometrics and where you will go. You have to show this letter once you give your biometrics.
You must give your biometrics face to face. Ensure to book a meeting if this service is obtainable. Third-party fees
Depending on your situation, you’ll get to pay third parties for:

  • medical exams
  • police certificates
  • language testing

Submit Your Application

To make sure you have completed your application, you must:

  • answer all questions
  • sign your application and every one of the forms
  • pay your processing fees and attach a copy of the receipt to your application
  • include all the supporting documents

If you forget something, your application will be sent back to you. You’ll need to fix any errors and resubmit them.
Mail your complete application to the address within the instruction guide.

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