Self - Employment

Self Employment Program

The Self-Employment Program (SE), delivered by South Fraser Community Futures, supports people to make lasting transitions from unemployment or under-employment to successful business ownership. This program guides people to business success through assessment, workshops and on-going mentorship.

To qualify for the SE program, people must be referred by their AbbotsfordWORK's Case Manager to attend the Orientation to Self-Employment workshop.  To meet with a Case Manager and discuss your interest, call any one of our locations and book an Initial Needs Assessment.

The Self-Employment Program Services

Community Futures Location

Program participants receive assistance with:

  • Assessing business ownership suitability
  • Conducting market research for business idea viability
  • Writing a comprehensive business plan
  • Building business skills
  • Accessing financial supports

Check below for program eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants may qualify for the SE Program at AbbotsfordWORKS if they:

  • Are EI eligible (currently on Employment Insurance or have had an EI claim in the past three years or a parental claim in the past five years)
  • Are experiencing challenges in gaining appropriate employment
  • Have disabling conditions; and are unemployed or underemployed
  • Live in the Abbotsford District and are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Want to start a business where they have a controlling interest
  • Propose a suitable business concept (it must be legal and not exploiting sex, politics or religion)
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