Self Employment Program
The Self Employment Program is funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Labor Market Development Agreement with the Federal Government. The program provides financial assistance to Employment Insurance or Reachback eligible applicants who want to start their own business or purchase an existing business, in which they have had no prior ownership. The Self Employment Program provides income support, business skills development workshops, one-on-one mentoring and counselling. Community Futures has operated the program for over 20 years and has an excellent track record of successful business start-ups through this program. The business plans that result from the program are comprehensive, market driven and highly regarded by industry.
How do you get started?
Attend an Information Session at Community Futures - Please call to book an appointment. This free session outlines funding options, the Self Employment Program and Business Bootcamp requirements in further detail and explains the guidelines and benefits of the program and other support services available at Community Futures. Call 250-868-2132 ext.0 to schedule an appointment today.
Alternatively, for those individuals who are Employment Insurance or Reachback eligible, you will require a referral from WorkBC to pursue the Self Employment Program, therefore you must contact WorkBC, meet with an Employment Counselor and attend an Self Employment Orientation Session. If suitable and eligible, following the Orientation Session at WorkBC, you will be referred to Community Futures to attend an Assess Your Business Idea Workshop.
WorkBC Employment Service Centre locations and contact numbers
I've attended the Orientation Session at WorkBC – what is my next step?
You must attend the Assess Your Business Idea workshop before being considered for the Self-Employment Program. Click here for more information on the Assess Your Business Idea Workshop
I'm ready! How do I write a plan?
What other help does Community Futures provide?
We offer loans, business counseling and other business development programs for start-up or expansion – click here to find out more about Community Futures Lending