The Journeyperson Business Start Program encourages newly certified journeypersons located in rural Manitoba to start their own full-time businesses.
Applicants must be a certified journeyperson who has received the Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification within the past six years.
Applicants will be eligible to receive a grant to help cover the cost of purchasing the necessary equipment, tools, supplies, buildings, leasehold and building improvements related to starting a skilled trades related business. The program will provide a contribution of up to $2,500 based on 50 percent of eligible expenditures. Eligible purchase transactions must have occurred within an 18-month eligibility period, defined as: within six months prior to the business start date and up to 12 months after the business start date. Applications must be submitted within one year of starting the business.
- be a certified journeyperson who has received the Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification within the past six years
- reside in rural Manitoba. For the purpose of this program, rural Manitoba is defined as located outside the perimeter of the City of Winnipeg
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have received landed immigrant status
- have completed the business skills development training requirement for the program (see “Business Skills Development Training Requirement” for additional information)
- be working at the business on a full-time basis (minimum 30 hours per week)
- be actively involved in all aspects of the business on a day-to-day basis
- have not owned a similar business in the past 24 months
- demonstrate that all business transactions will be/are completed at fair market value in the circumstance when an existing business ventures' assets are being purchased
Business ventures must:
- have a head office located in rural Manitoba. For the purpose of this program, rural Manitoba is defined as located outside the perimeter of the City of Winnipeg
- have been started within the past 12 months of the date the program receives your application
- be year-round and permanent in nature. Permanent is defined as a business operation that is continuous and consecutive. Each 12-month period may be interrupted by a seasonal stoppage of not more than three months
- provide the principal applicant with full-time self employment (minimum 30 hours per week)
- be created for the purpose of making a profit
- demonstrate viability through the business plan or business plan summary
Business Skills Development Training Requirement
The Journeyperson Business Start Program requires all applicants to complete one of the following:
- Entrepreneurship Manitoba’s Business Planning Workshop
- Business Planning for Start-ups Video Series or,
- Seminars, webinars or videos that have addressed the following topics: business planning, finance and marketing. Delivered by a recognized partner, such as:
Business Plan or Business Plan Summary Requirement
The Journeyperson Business Start Program requires applicants to submit a business plan or a business plan summary that clearly demonstrates business viability. A copy of the business plan summary template can be obtained below.
How to Apply
All individuals interested in applying to the program must complete or include the following before an application can be assessed and reviewed for grant consideration:
- completed application form (including Schedule 1 – Claim Calculation Form)
- copies of the receipts or invoices that indicate the item, payment type, vendor and transaction date for each eligible expenditure
- copies of proof of payment (ex: cancelled cheques, bank statements, credit card receipts or statements) for each eligible expenditure
- copy of your Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification
- copy of evidence of the business start date (ex: business bank account, business name registration or business number)
- copy of a valid partnership agreement or articles of incorporation (if applicable)
- completed the Business Skills Development Training Requirement; a copy of your Business Planning Workshop Certificate (if applicable)
- copy of your business plan or business plan summary
- copies of any other supporting documents (if applicable)
Please make a copy of all correspondence for your records.
Mail, email or fax the completed application form and all supporting documents to:
Journeyperson Business Start Program
Manitoba Jobs and the Economy
250 – 240 Graham Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0J7
Toll free: 1-855-836-7250
Western Regional Office
Small Business Development
Room 157, 340 - 9th Street
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6C2
Toll free: 1-855-542-5113
Please see below for sample business plans and a cash flow template.