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

Self Employment Program

Program Objective

This initiative provides business coaching, entrepreneurial support and financial assistance to eligible unemployed individuals while they develop and implement a business plan, creating their own employment opportunities.


To be eligible to participate in the Self-Employment Program, 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 that ended in the past three 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.

Contact Us

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

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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