Northeastern British Columbia


Self-Employment Program


Self-Employment Links


Everyone has a different reason for starting a business, but one fact remains the same — creating and running a successful enterprise is hard work. Perhaps you're in school, just finishing your studies, well into a professional career or looking to re-enter the workforce. Whatever your situation, if you are planning to go into business for yourself, remember that it takes time, planning, discipline, money and perseverance.

The objective of Self-Employment (SE) Services is to help individuals create jobs for themselves by starting a business.

EI Clients who participate in the SE Service are expected to become self-sufficient and independent through operation of their self-employment business upon completion.

BCEA clients with disabilities are to increase self-sufficiency and independence through operation of their self-employment business upon completion.  

Entrepreneurial assistance is provided to eligible Clients while they work on developing their business plans and making their businesses succeed. Clients, who have been determined to be suitable for SE Services, may be eligible to receive Financial Supports while participating, based on a financial needs assessment.

Self-Employment Services include all the following components:

  • Self-Employment Orientation and Assessment Workshop;

  • Business Plan Development;

  • Entrepreneurial Workshops; Coaching and Mentoring;

  • Business Launch and Implementation.

More information about the WorkBC Self-Employment program.