Self Employment Program

The Self-Employment (SE) Program assists unemployed Manitobans to create jobs for themselves by starting a business.

The intent of the SE Program is to encourage self-sufficiency through self-employment.

The SE Program is delivered by Community Futures North Central Development (CFNCD) in partnership with Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre. 

CFNCD will:

  • evaluate the individual's business idea;
  • assess whether the individual is a suitable candidate;
  • provide coaching in business plan development and implementation;
  • offer advice and support;
  • and direct the participant to other supports as needed.

Program Criteria:

Candidates for the Self-Employment Program must be prepared to contribute equity, work or equipment towards the business.

For more information and eligibility requirements please:

Testimonials from past graduates:

Anything Grows

The SE program was a great help to me in getting my business established. I had regular meetings with a counsellor who was able to answer any questions I had. The income gave me the opportunity to invest revenue back into the business in order to expand and the monthly reports helped me to stay focused on my goals and identify any problem areas."

Aurora Gardens Motel and Restaurant

"The SE program paid my wages for one year, which greatly assisted us until the business was established. This meant I didn't require drawing a salary and could have the extra dollars to hire and train personnel, and concentrate on the business growth. SE was a great partner in getting Aurora Gardens on its way. Thank you SE for being there."

Custom Storage

"The most valuable part of being in the SE program was having the assistance in preparing a business plan. A Business Plan should be developed with every business to ensure the viability of the anticipated business venture, and also as a model to follow throughout starting a new business or using this information as an important tool to realize potential, possible weakness and any need for change to improve the business."

GM Plumbing and Heating

"The SE program enabled us to start our own plumbing and heating business. The financial and business development support was the stepping stone we needed to get our business plan underway. The resources available through this program were tremendous and helped us build a strong foundation for our business."

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