A self-employed applicant must have self-employment experience in the fields of culture, athletics or farm management for more than two years within the last five years period from the date of application or decision of permanent resident visa.
The self-employment experience requirement does not apply to those who have participated in a World-Class level in cultural or athletics activities for more than two years within the last five years. “World-Class” level identifies persons who are known internationally. It also identifies persons who may not be known internationally but perform at the highest levels in their discipline.
In the case of farming, CIC expects to see a multi-skilled individual who is capable of dealing with modern farming issues: competence in technology, deep knowledge of farming techniques, deep knowledge of markets for grain or animal products, and skills in dealing with machinery and all aspects of the modern farm. You must also show a history of supporting yourself and your family by farming.