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Self Employment Program

The Self Employment Program is a 6 month, day-time program. Participants of the Self Employment Program will receive both classroom instruction and individual business coaching. The first 10 weeks are focused in the classroom where participants will write a comprehensive business plan. During the remaining 16 weeks participants will be in class 1 morning per week, while devoting their time to implementing their business plan. One-on-one business coaching is offered once weekly for 25 weeks.


January 14, 2019 – July 12, 2019

April 8, 2019 – October 4, 2019

September 30, 2019 – March 27, 2020


Weekdays from 9am – 3:30pm – days vary throughout the program


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.


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.

Duration: 6 months
Cost: Free. Participant may be supported by an existing active EI Claim or Learner Income Support depending on household circumstances. Part time work (under 20 hours per week) during the program is possible.

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


Let’s talk about your business idea! If you would like to apply for the Self Employment Program please call 403-204-2657 or email business@momentum.org and we can find out if you are a good fit our programs. You can also attend one of our free Exploring Entrepreneurship information sessions to learn more about our business programs and receive an application.

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