Self-Employment for the Unemployed

The Self-Employment Program is offered by a number of Community Futures regions in Saskatchewan. Be sure to contact the office in your region for more information.

The Program Objective:

  • to provide potential entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge necessary to start and successfully operate a small business
  • is designed to assist unemployed individuals to create and maintain self-sustaining jobs through the self-employment option

Candidates are selected based on the following criteria:

  • must be unemployed
  • be a resident of Saskatchewan and be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • must have an established unemployment insurance claim that is still active or has ended in the last 36 months
  • OR have started a maternity or parental unemployment insurance benefit claim in the past 60 months
  • AND remained unemployed
  • OR be in receipt of Saskatchewan Assistance Plan benefits of the Provincial Training Allowance
  • must have a sound business idea
  • must have the personality traits necessary to achieve successful self-employment

Program Overview:

  • participants receive assistance in all areas of small business ownership
  • training is offered through The GoForth Institute or directly from a Community Futures office

Areas of training include:

  • creative thinking
  • how to run a profitable business
  • how to prepare your financial records
  • business communication
  • customer service
  • legal issues in starting and operating a business
  • government programs and services