SEB Program for Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

By mmuise

The Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) Program often provides a much needed catalyst for new entrepreneurs, helping them to realize their goal of becoming a business owner by providing them with financial and coaching support during the planning and start-up phases of their business. Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) is a program which provides various types of support to eligible applicants during the initial phase of their business, including financial assistance, counselling and technical advice.

Comments on Funding:

Applicants will continue to receive the Employment Insurance (EI) benefits until their claim ends. At this time, they will receive support at a provincially established rate for the duration of time remaining on the SEB Program. OR, if they are approved for the SEB Program, but are not currently receiving Employment Insurance benefits, they will receive a weekly allowance at a provincially established rate.

Deadline: Continuous Intake


  • may or may not be EI eligible;
  • must be ready to work at the business at least 25 hours per week;
  • must have been in operation for a minimum of 44 weeks per year, if a business;
  • must be established in NB and begin operation within 15 weeks of signing a Self-Employment Benefit contract, if a business;
  • must be persons with a disability.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. meet with the SEB Coordinator to conduct an analysis of the applicant’s strengths and needs, in order to determine if self-employment is a viable choice for him/her. 2. meet with the Liaison Officer of the SEB PWD Program to confirm the applicant’s disability and determine his/her eligibility for the SEB PWD component;

3. complete and submit the application form.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. a completed application form;
2. a Business Plan.

Other Things to Note:

SEB is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick through the Canada-New Brunswick Labor Market Agreements.

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