Self Employed Worker Program

Self Employed Worker Program

The Self Employed Worker Program stream is one of the substreams under the Quebec Business Programs. It helps applicants to come to Quebec and practice a profession or do business activities in Quebec.


Who can apply?

To apply, meet the terms such as:

  • Come to Quebec to practice a profession or trade, alone or with others, with paid or unpaid help.
  • Make a start-up donation with a financial institution. But at the place where the applicant wishes to practice its trade or profession.
    • C$25,000 deposit if intend to practise outside Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC) area.
    • C$50,000 deposit if intend to practise in Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC) area.
  • Have legal net assets worth C$100,000 whether alone or with an accompanying spouse or de facto spouse. Also, have a proof for the same.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience as a self-employed worker. Also, this experience must be in the area of trade or profession the applicant wants to practice in Quebec.
  • Also, have the attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values.
  • The application will be assessed, for the applicant and/or de facto spouse (if applicable) as per factors such as:
    • Age
    • Education Level
    • Language Skill Level
    • Funds to Support/Settle
    • Quebec Visits
    • Quebec connection – Family in the province
  • Further, get a diploma/certificate to practise regulated trade or profession, from a regulatory body in Quebec.



  • Any diploma/certificate earned outside Quebec may not allow the applicant to practice its trade or profession in the province.
  • If an applicant does not qualify for this stream then they can apply for the Regular Skilled Worker Program.