#110 - 198 East Island Hwy, Parksville, BC V9P 2H3      Tel. 250.248.3205   Fax. 250.248.4154

Learn at your own pace...from your own space!

Be Your Own Boss

Program Objective

There is opportunity to access business coaching, entrepreneurial support and financial assistance to eligible unemployed individuals while they develop and implement a business plan, creating their own employment opportunities.


In order to be eligible you must:

  • live in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • be unemployed and receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or
  • have received EI benefits in the past (reachback EI client or former EI claimant), or
  • have earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid EI employee premiums on those earnings in at least 5 (consecutive or non-consecutive) of the last 10 years, or
  • have received EI Maternity or Parental benefits that began in the past five years, or
  • have BCEA PWD/PPMB designation, or
  • have a general disability designation.

Financial Benefits

Individuals currently in receipt of EI may continue to receive their EI benefits, or a regionally determined rate, whichever is higher. Eligible individuals not in receipt of EI benefits will receive the regionally determined rate. Individuals may also be eligible for personal supports, such as dependent care.

Self Employment as a Career Option


Contact Us

Please call us at the Career Centre 250.248.3205 for further information about this program.

Career Centre

#110-198 East Island Hwy,
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Fax. 250.248.4154

Mon-Tues 8:30am-4:30pm
Wed 8:30am-6:30pm
Thurs-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

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#110-198 East Island Hwy
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm