Grant Name: Self Employment







The Self Employment (SE) program provides entrepreneurial support and financial assistance to LMDA eligible, unemployed participants starting their own business. Entrepreneurial support may include orientation, information sessions and/or workshops, coaching, mentoring, and access to specific business implementation training to enable participants to develop and implement their business plans.



Am I eligible for participation in Self-Employment?

To be LMDA eligible for Self-Employment you must meet one of the following:

  • have a current Employment Insurance (EI) claim
  • have had an EI claim that ended within the last 60 months
  • have received benefits under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • have been employed with gross insurable earnings of $2000 or higher annually, in at least 5 of the last 10 years

How to Apply?


As part of the application process, it is necessary for you to receive an employment assessment and develop a Return to Work Action Plan with a case manager. The case manager’s decision is required before Employment Nova Scotia can assess your application. If you are interested in this program, the first step is visit a Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre in your local area who will advise you on your options and help you with your Self-Employment application process.

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Nova Scotia
Small Business

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