Business programs

Entrepreneurs With Disabilities

Persons with disabilities may face unique barriers to business creation and development.  In recognition of this, The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) was established in 1997 through funding from Western Economic Diversification and the support of the Community Futures network.  At Community Futures, we see the business and the person’s ability first, and then strive to provide extra support to those entrepreneurs who are also managing disability and health issues.  The goal of the EDP is to increase access to business services and repayable business financing to level the playing field for these entrepreneurs.

The EDP loans program, Bizable is available for people who self-declare a disability or health condition and who have completed a viable business plan.  Business loans are repayable and through the EDP, loan terms are designed to be flexible and are tailored to meet your needs.  Contact us and speak with our Business Analysts.

Through the EDP, specialized support and mentorship may be available for entrepreneurs in need of additional business skills training. This support is for people with disabilities who have a viable business concept and are in need of enhanced services to move their business forward.  Contact the EDP Provincial Coordinator.

Self Employment Program

The Self Employment Program is funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Labor Market Development Agreement with the Federal Government. The program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants who want to start their own business or purchase an existing business, in which they have had no prior ownership. The Self Employment Program provides income support, business skills development workshops, one-on-one mentoring and counseling.

To be eligible for the Self-Employment program you must:

  • be currently on Employment Insurance (EI) or have had an EI claim in the past three years or a parental claim in the past five years
  • be unemployed or underemployed
  • want to start a “new to you” business
  • have a controlling interest in the business
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • propose a business concept that would be suitable for public funding – the business concept must be legal and not exploiting sex, politics or religion
  • have completed the Self Employment Program Orientation
  • plan to work full time (minimum of 35 hrs/wk) in your business

The Self-Employment Program does not provide start up financing. Individuals requiring a business loan to start their business are referred to the Community Futures Loans Officer and other financial institutions. To learn more about the Self-Employment Program please visit WorkBC or contact us to learn what services they provide.

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Alert Bay, Bella Bella, Coal Harbour, Echo Bay, Holberg, Kingcome Inlet, Klemtu, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Quatsino, Rivers Inlet, Shearwater, Sointula, Telegraph Cove, Winter Harbour, Woss, Zeballos


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Box 458
Port McNeill, BC
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