What if your dream to own your own business could become a reality?

CEED offers a comprehensive Self-Employment Program that takes participants from dreamers to entrepreneurs in just 46 weeks. The Self Employment Program is ONLY accessible to those who are referred through Nova Scotia Works. 

Below are a few of the eligibility requirements: 

  • Unemployed or underemployed – working a maximum of 19.5 hours per week

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada – Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

  • Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA) Eligible/Premiums Paid Eligibility (PPE) *must meet 1 of the 4 criteria*

    • Currently on a regular EI claim
    • Have been on a regular EI claim within the last 5 years
    • Have received CERB/CRB and did not have to repay
    • Have generated at least $2,000 of insurable earnings in any 5 of the last 10 years 

For full eligibility requirements visit the Employment Nova Scotia website.

Take your commitment, hard work and enthusiasm and combine it with our expertise, resources and dedication. It’s a recipe for success that has seen over 1,000 program graduates develop the skills and knowledge they need to start their own business.



A tested and effective approach

CEED’s Self-Employment Program Advisors, in addition to having extensive business experience, have a passion for helping program participants build their abilities and make the most of their resources to succeed as entrepreneurs. In other words, they are there to support you each step of the way. Our well-tested and highly effective approach to learning also gives participants an opportunity to test out different ideas and learn from each other.

The format:

The program starts off with a full day of orientation that includes a roadmap for the 46 weeks ahead.

Next, there are 15 workshops in which you learn essential business skills.

You’ll be paired with an expert business advisor who will provide individualized support and one-on-one coaching throughout the program.

Guess what? You actually launch your business within the first 25 weeks of the program. That means you get to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve developed in the first weeks of the program to the real-world experience of owning your own  business—all with the support of your advisor and peers.

How to apply:

1. The first step in applying for the program is to find and contact a Nova Scotia Works Centre in your area where you will be advised about your options, starting with a review of eligibility requirements.

2. If you qualify for the program, you will then be given guidance for completing CEED’s application forms, along with a referral to the program’s next orientation session.

Still have questions?

Complete the contact for below, call us at (902) 421-2333, or send us an e-mail to selfemployment@ceed.ca.