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Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers


Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers

Explore the idea of starting a business in Canada

Download the program flyer.

Dates/Location for Phase I Intakes,
email to pre-register:

November 29-30 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Chinese Family Services of Ontario

December 7-8 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Markham North Welcome Centre

December 13-14 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Job Skills - Employment Services

Phase I

2-day sessions:

  • Learn about owning a business in Canada
  • Research your opportunities
  • Assess your Business Skills
  • Find out if self-employment is the right path for you

Participants who meet Program Criteria will move to Phase II

Phase II

4-day sessions:

  • Your business concept
  • Your competition
  • Finances needed
  • Your Market

Participants who meet Program Criteria will move to Phase III

Phase III

12-week sessions:

  • Group workshops on business development
  • Individual Business Coaching and support
  • Access to relevant business tools



  • Permanent Residents and applicants for Permanent Residence with letter from CIC informing them that their application for landing had been approved
  • Convention Refugees
  • Live-in Caregivers
  • LINC Level 5 minimum

Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers is delivered across York Region.
Call or e-mail for more details: 1-855-234-8868 / 905-477-4639 /

Delivered by Job Skills in partnership with Seneca College Funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada