Self Employ PEI

OVERVIEW
Self Employ PEI is an employment program developed to help job seekers who want to launch their own business. This program provides financial support and business counseling to new entrepreneurs during their first year of operation. SkillsPEI offers Self Employ PEI information sessions for interested job seekers to find out more about the program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
If you are unemployed and looking for full time employment you are eligible to apply.

  • You must be legally authorized to work in Canada (Canadian citizen or permanent resident);
  • You must have a current claim for Employment Insurance benefits; or
  • You must have a previous EI claim whose benefit period ended within the previous 60 months; or
  • An unemployed person who paid, in at least 5 of the last 10 years, employee's premiums that did not entitle the person for a refund (ie. If the person made less than $2000 in earnings in a year, any EI premiums that they would have paid, would be reimbursed);
  • You must not currently be operating your own business;
  • Other criteria may apply.

HOW DO I APPLY?
If you are interested in the Self Employ PEI program, you must attend and Information Session. After the Information Session, you can set up a time to meet with a Program Officer/Case Manager to complete a needs assessment and develop a Return to Work Action Plan. Once this is complete, you can submit the Self Employ PEI application with your business plan and proof of financing.Please note, applicants must not have started the operation of the proposed business before submitting an application for the program.

To assess your application, we will need:

  • Return-To-Work Action Plan:
  • Self Employ Suitability Assessment questionnaire;
  • Self Employ PEI Application for funding;
  • Detailed business plan;
  • Proof of investment or financing;
  • Resume;

Your business plan must demonstrate that your business will provide the potential for long term viability. There are many types of eligible businesses that qualify for funding: manufacturing, food and beverage, information technology, trades, retail, etc.

Once you submit your completed application package, SkillsPEI will review your information. Once you receive confirmation that your application has been approved for the Self Employ PEI program, you can open your new business.

WHEN IS MY APPLICATION DUE?
There is no deadline for applications under the Self Employ PEI program as we accept applications on an ongoing basis.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
During the first year you are in business you will devote a minimum of 35 hours each week to implement your business plan.

Each week you will receive a weekly living allowance or EI benefits, or a combination of the two. You may also be eligible for a $1,000 consulting grant.

This information is a general guide for applicants. Applications received by SkillsPEI will be assessed against additional program criteria to determine eligibility.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Call SkillsPEI's general inquiries line at 1-877-491-4766 or visit one of the following SkillsPEI offices:

Charlottetown
Atlantic Technology Centre
176 Great George Street, Suite #212
Charlottetown, PEI

Summerside
Access PEI
120 Heather Moyse Drive
Summerside, PEI

Montague
548 Main Street
Montague, PEI

O'Leary
Future Tech West
454 Main Street
O'Leary, PEI

SELF EMPLOY PEI IFORMATION SESSIONS
If you are interested in the Self Employ PEI program you must:

  • Attend an Information Session before submitting an application for the program;
  • Register for an Information Session by calling the SkillsPEI's general inquiries line at 1-877-491-4766 or visit one of the four SkillsPEI locations.
  • Information Sessions are held at the Skills PEI offices in Charlottetown, Montague, Summerside and O’Leary;

Please note, applicants must not have started the operation of the proposed business prior to submitting an application for the program.

SELF EMPLOY UPCOMING IFORMATION SESSIONS

In order to practice safe social distancing, Self Employ PEI information sessions are currently being presented remotely through video and/or telephone. Interested individuals can register to be included for one of the below listed dates.

Skills PEI Charlottetown (176 Great George Street) and Skills PEI Montague  (548 Main Street) - Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (alternating dates)
Location Date Time
Montague
May 1, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Charlottetown
May 8, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Montague
May 15, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Charlottetown
May 22, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Montague
May 29, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Charlottetown
June 5, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Montague
June 12, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Charlottetown
June 19, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Montague
June 26, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Charlottetown
July 3, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Montague
July 10, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Charlottetown
July 17, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Montague
July 24, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Charlottetown
July 31, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Access PEI Souris (15 Green Street) - Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (once per month)
Location Date Time
Souris
May 21, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Souris
June 18, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Souris
July 30, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Skills PEI Summerside (120 Moyse Drive) - Wednesdays - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (every second week)
Location Date Time
Summerside
May 13, 2020
10:00 - Noon
Summerside
May 27, 2020
10:00 - Noon
Summerside
June 10, 2020
10:00 - Noon
Summerside
June 24, 2020
10:00 - Noon
Summerside
July 8, 2020
10:00 - Noon
Summerside
July 22, 2020
10:00 - Noon
Skills PEI O'Leary (454 Main Street) and Rural Action entre Alberton (455 Main Street) - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (once per month and alternating sites)
Location Date Time
O'Leary
May 19, 2020
10:00 - Noon
Alberton
June 18, 2020
10:00 - Noon
O'Leary
July 14, 2020
10:00 - Noon

APPLICATION FORM & INFORMATION SHEETS

Self Employ PEI Individual Application

Business Plan Worksheet

Financial Templates

Self Employ PEI Information Sheet

Self Employ Information Sessions

FUNDING AGREEMENT
Funded by the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture through the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.

Updated April 2020