Self Employment Program

Self Employment ProgramThe Self Employment Program is a six month day-time program. Participants of the Self Employment Program will receive both online classroom instruction and individual business coaching.

In this program, you will spend 10 weeks in an online classroom environment learning about and writing a comprehensive business plan. During the remaining 16 weeks you will be in online learning one morning per week, while devoting your time to implementing your business plan. You will receive weekly one-on-one business coaching.


It is expected that participants have 100% attendance for both classroom and business coaching components, with absences allowable only under special circumstances. There will be a need for participants to work on their business plans outside of class time. They can reasonably expect the program commitment to be 30-50 hours per week. If the day time program hours do not work for you, consider applying for the evening program.

Business Coaching

Business Coaching is designed to support participants with individual needs that may not be covered in class or are more difficult to address in the classroom setting. This one-on-one relationship provides an amazing opportunity for participants to receive tailored feedback and support throughout their start-up process.

6 months
Free. Participant may be on employment income or employment income eligible.
Learn the skills

  • Write a comprehensive business plan, including a marketing plan
  • Research your industry, competitors, and customers
  • Understand licensing, permits and registration
  • Understand insurance, taxation and other operational topics
  • Build a financial model for revenue (sales) and cash flow forecasts
  • Start, manage and operate your business
  • Develop marketing and sales skills
  • Weekly one-on-one business coaching
Do you qualify?

  • You are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • You are unemployed, have an existing EI claim, or are working less than 20 hours a week
  • You are low income or seeking financial independence
  • You have a realistic business idea, and are ready to start your business while in the program
  • Successful participants are coachable, committed, and willing to hold themselves accountable
Get Started

If you would like to apply for the Self Employment Program please call 403 204 2657, or email to find out if this program is best for you. You can also register for a free info session below.

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