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Self Employment Assistance (SEA) Program

The Self Employment Assistance (SEA) Program is a program intended to help Wikwemikong band members create jobs for themselves through self employment.

Entrepreneurs are provided with various types of support during the business start-up period, including coaching, ongoing technical advice, and financial support.

sbusinessEligibility Requirements:

  • legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • unemployed, or;
  • in receipt of social assistance, or;
  • have an established regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefit claim, or;
  • have an EI claim that has ended within the last three years (client cannot be on EI sick benefits), or;
  • have received maternity or parental benefits within the past five years, after which the client
  • remained out of the labour market to care for the child;
  • must not have previously participated in self-employment activity funded by Human Resources
  • Development Canada (HRDC);
  • must not have an EI claim that is currently in dispute with HRDC;
  • must be starting a new business, or taking over an existing business in which the client has no prior ownership;

pdfSEA Program Guidelines

pdfSEA Application Form

must agree to work a minimum of 30 hours per week for the business while participating in the SEA Program (Note: In exceptional circumstances, the amount of full time hours may vary).