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

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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.

As a part of the Self-Employment Orientation and Assessment Process, you will have:

  • demonstrated you are unable to obtain Sustainable Employment in the local labour market
  • entrepreneurial aptitude
  • a business start-up contribution which would be cash, demonstrated access to a loan, or in-kind
  • sufficient product/service knowledge
  • experience related to your business concept
  • a business concept that is viable in the local labour market, acceptable and will not negatively impact the community
  • demonstrated a lack of entrepreneurial skills, training and/or experience.
  • Also:

    To be eligible for Self-Employment Services, your business proposal must be:

  • a new business; or
  • an existing business in which you have had no prior ownership; and
  • a business that will not result in putting another individual out of business.
  • ALSO:
  • Individuals who have quit their jobs cannot generally be approved for Self-Employment Services.
  • 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