CBDC-Self-Employment Benefits Program

The Self Employment Benefits (SEB) Program is designed to help participants to continue to receive their Employment Insurance Benefits while going through the process of launching a new business. SEA provides assistance in the form of coaching, on-going technical advice and financial support for a maximum of 52 weeks. If you are receiving or are eligible for Employment Insurance Benefits (EI), you can continue to receive these benefits for up to one year.


Services provided with the SEA program include:

  • Business plan guidance
  • Business training
  • Business counselling

In order to remain eligible for EI while your business plan for SEA is being considered, you must be able to prove that you are still unemployed and available for work. You must continue to make an effort to find work and you cannot start your business until approval for SEA has been provided.


CBDC Coastal Business
292 Charlotte Street, Sydney
Patricia MacNeil
(902) 539-4332 (ext 224)

CBDC Northside Victoria
1 Fraser Avenue, Suite 7
Sydney Mines
Gord McGean
(902) 736-6211

15381 Hwy 19
Perry Chandler
(902) 258-3698