Self-Employment Program (MB)

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The program provides participants with the training and supports necessary to start a business by offering business planning, self-employment/entrepreneurial skills training (may include classroom instruction) and individual consulting.

Summary

Self-Employment Program (MB)

Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade

The objective of the self-employment (SE) Program is to assist eligible unemployed people to achieve economic self-sufficiency through the creation of their own jobs.  The program provides participants with the training and supports necessary to start a business by offering business planning, self-employment/entrepreneurial skills training (may include classroom instruction) and individual consulting.

Participants are eligible for up to 52 weeks of training and business supports with up to 39 weeks of income support.  Participants are expected to have acquired basic self-employment/ entrepreneurial skills in the first 12 weeks of the program, enabling them to launch their business by the end of the 13th week.  By the end of the 39th week, it is expected that participants will be earning sufficient income to support themselves.

Eligibility

Eligibility is based on federal Employment Insurance (EI) legislation and EM guidelines. To be eligible, you must be unemployed and eligible for EI benefits on an active or reachback basis.

You must also:

  • demonstrate that participation in the SE Program is the most appropriate option to return to employment;
  • demonstrate a need for the training and supports provided through the SE Program to become self-employed;
  • have a viable and feasible business concept;
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
  • be able to contribute equity towards the business (either in cash or in kind) in the amount of 25 per cent of the total EI benefits/living allowances received during the program, up to a maximmum of $4,000.

You must not:

  • have been funded for skill training within the past two years
  • have been funded by EM or Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) for the SE program within the past five years
  • start the business or be deemed to be self-employed (according to the regulations of EI or Canada Revenue Agency) prior to being accepted into the SE program

Contact

Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
100 – 111 Lombard Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0T4
Phone: 204-945-0575
Email: mjsd@gov.mb.ca