SELF EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (SEA)
Eligible individuals with eligible businesses or business concepts may receive the Self Employment Benefit (SEB) Program. This program assists eligible unemployed individuals with the planning and starting of a new business or takeover of an existing business. During the first year of planning and starting the business, approved applicants will continue to receive Employment Insurance Benefits while establishing and operating the business. Guidance and business counseling is provided in both startup and operation.
Business owners can receive a training grant for up to $2,000 for entrepreneurial training related to the operation of their business (financial, managment, marketing, etc.). Qualifying clients approved for eligible training costs have to contribute a minimum of 10% of the training costs. Access to funds based on availability and subject to approval.
CONSULTANT ADVISORY SERVICES (CAS)
Entrepreneurs, businesses and non-for-profit organizations may be eligible for technical and financial assistance in areas including diagnostic assessment, market readiness, export potential, specific studies, etc. Select your own qualifying consultant and CAS may cover up to 75% of the consultant costs up to the applicable funding limit per project.