Self-Employment Benefit (SEB)

By mmuise

Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) is a program which provides various types of support to eligible unemployed Atlantic Canadians during the initial phase of their business, including financial assistance, counselling and technical advice.

Comments on Funding:

Funding takes the form of financial assistance:
- Eligible applicants must be receiving or have received Employment Insurance (EI) benefits within a certain timeframe and will continue to receive your 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 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

Applicants must:

  • be eligible unemployed Atlantic Canadians;
  • have the initial phase of their business.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. contact Nova Scotia Works to discuss if they qualify for the Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) Program. They will then refer the applicants to one of the Self-Employment Benefit Coordinators to start the application process;

2. have an initial meeting with the SEB Coordinator;

3. complete and submit an application form and they will also need to prepare a business plan.

4. The application and business plan will be presented by the Self-Employment Benefit Coordinator to a committee and evaluated according to provincially established program criteria.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. the completed application form; and
2. the business plan.

Other Things to Note:

SEB is funded by the government of Canada through the Canada-Provincial Governments Labor Market Agreements.

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