Self Employment


The WorkBC Centre provides access to self-employment services including self-employment orientation, assessment and training. The objective of these services is to help you create a job for yourself and to become self-sufficient after starting a business. If you are interested in self-employment and want to know if you are eligible for these services, please visit our WorkBC Centre to discuss your situation with a Case Manager.

Basic eligibility for self-employment services is determined by:

  • having an active EI claim or establishing an EI claim, or
  • having received EI within the last 3 years (regular benefits) or
  • having received EI within the past 5 years (maternity/parental benefits).

employement ServicesYour suitability is determined by evaluating a variety of factors including current labour market conditions and your ability to find employment with your existing skills and experience. We also assess your personal situation and readiness to start a business.

If you meet the requirements for self-employment services, you will work with a Case Manager to develop a personal employment plan that includes self-employment orientation and assessment. If your business plan is approved, you may also engage in self-employment training.

If you are not eligible or suitable for self-employment services, we will connect you to alternative resources and information to help you start a business, or work with you to find employment.

Self-Employment & Business Resources

Small Business BC
BC Business Registry
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canada Business – Services for Entrepreneurs
Canada Small Business Financing Program
Community Futures
Women’s Enterprise Centre
Aboriginal Business Services Network Society

Sea to Sky ESC