Programs

Self Employment Benefit Program (SEB)

You may be eligible for Self Employment Benefits to start your own business.

The Self Employment Program is funded by the Province of British Columbia. The program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants who want to start their own business or purchase an existing business, in which they have had no prior ownership. The Self Employment Program provides income support, business skills development workshops, one-on-one mentoring and counselling.

To be eligible for the Self-Employment program you must:

  • be currently on Employment Insurance (EI) or have had an EI claim in the past five years or a parental claim in the past five years
  • be unemployed or underemployed
  • want to start a “new to you” business
  • have a controlling interest in the business
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • propose a business concept that would be suitable for public funding – the business concept must be legal and not exploiting sex, politics or religion
  • have completed the Self Employment Program Orientation
  • plan to work full time (minimum of 35 hrs/wk) in your business

Contact Hecate Strait Employment Development Society or Haida Gwaii Community Futures to learn more.

 

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP)

You may be eligible for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program to start your own business.

Designed to assist entrepreneurs and business owners who are managing ongoing health or disability issues. The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program is funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada through your local Community Futures Office. The EDP services give you access to repayable business loan funds, business skills coaching and ongoing mentorship and support.

To be eligible for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program you must:

  • self-disclose a disability or ongoing health issue
  • be unable to obtain financing from a traditional financial institution
  • live in one of the communities on Haida Gwaii
  • have a viable business idea and have demonstrated commitment through research, learning and planning
  • have made a personal investment into the business
  • need additional support to overcome a barrier to entrepreneurship
  • propose a business concept that would be suitable for public funding – the business concept must be legal and not exploiting sex, politics or religion

Contact Haida Gwaii Community Futures to learn more.

 

Haida Owned & Operated

Haida Gwaii Community Futures is proud to partner with the Haida Owned and Operated program.