Frequently Asked Questions
NOTE: each step relies on approval/ participation.
- Read through our Eligibility Criteria.
- If you think you might be eligible, contact your local WorkBC office to book an appointment with a WorkBC Employment Counsellor.
- Your WorkBC Employment Counsellor will determine your eligibility.
- If you are eligible, the WorkBC Employment Counsellor will refer you back to us (Community Futures Central Kootenay) for the Self Employment Program Orientation.
For those not eligible for the Self Employment Program, we offer a free one-day Business Plan 101 in our Small Business Training Centre. Business Plan 101 runs every 1-2 months. Check the training schedule for the next Business Plan 101.
We also offer free 45 minute business counselling sessions with one of our business experts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set-up an appointment.
Eligibility for this program can be difficult to assess. Your best bet is to meet with an Employment Counsellor at your local WorkBC office to find out if you are eligible.
Note: there are modified versions of the Self Employment Program for PWD, PPMB and person who self-identify as having a disability that do not require an EI claim.
If you identify as a person with a disability, you may be eligible to take the Self Employment Program. As a person with a disability or persistent multiple barriers, you will need to commit to working on your business a minimum of 20 hours per week.
There is also added supports available depending on your needs. This may look like:
- Support with writing your business plan,
- Extra time to write your business plan
- Technology support
Businesses that are supported by the program.
- Sole Proprietorship, Corporation, and Partnership structures can be supported.
- Retail, Manufacturing, Service-based mobile, storefront and/or home based business operations.
- The applicant must hold controlling interest in the business being established.
- Franchises may be supported: applicants will be assessed based on the level of support, training, and control given by the franchise company.
Businesses that are not suitable for the program.
- A business where revenue is primarily from commissions on sales.
- A business that is judged to generate income through multi-level marketing.
- A business that is a subsidiary, or financially supported by another company.
- People who act as agents or manufacturing representatives, or those that exploit sex, religion, or politics.
- Businesses that are seasonal will not be supported unless the business can be developed into full time, year-round operations.