Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 06, 2009 11:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Help People Start Their Own Business in Baie Verte

BAIE VERTE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2009) - A local employment project will help unemployed workers start their own business. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, along with the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment for Newfoundland and Labrador.

"We are pleased to be working with our provincial partners to strengthen Canada's economy by investing in our workforce," said Minister MacKay. "This project will help unemployed residents of the Baie Verte and Green Bay areas to develop the skills and experience they need to create jobs for themselves by becoming self-employed."

The Emerald Community Business Development Corporation will receive $123,468 under the Government of Canada's Self-Employment program for its Self-Employment Benefits project, which will provide self-employment assistance and entrepreneurial advice to 100 Employment Insurance-eligible participants.

"Newfoundland and Labrador is very pleased to support this initiative with our federal partners under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement," said Minister Sullivan. "These types of employment and training benefits ensure that individuals have the supports they need to succeed in the labour market and employers have access to the skilled workforce. The provincial government looks forward to continuing to support individuals and organizations such as the Emerald Community Business Development Corporation."

The Self-Employment program is one of a broad range of Employment Insurance training programs that provide financial assistance to help unemployed Canadians find jobs and employers find workers.

It is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.

The Self-Employment program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, call 1 800 O-Canada, go on the Internet at or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

Under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement, effective November 2009, the Province will assume responsibility for the design and delivery of Employment Insurance-funded Employment Benefits and Support Measures. The Government of Canada will provide funding directly to the Province to deliver these programs.


Between July 26, 2009, and July 23, 2011, the Emerald Community Business Development Corporation will offer entrepreneurial advice and assistance to help 100 Employment Insurance-eligible participants throughout the Baie Verte area create their own business and become self-employed.

The Self-Employment program provides funding to organizations that offer unemployed individuals the opportunity to start their own business and re-enter the labour market.

All unemployed Canadians have access to a range of services under the program. However, some services are available only to clients who are eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits, or who have recently been receiving them.

The Self-Employment program's services include providing clients with entrepreneurial assistance in the development and implementation of business plans and providing information about the labour market.

Eligible recipients of the program's funding are businesses, including federal and provincial/territorial Crown corporations, organizations, individuals, public health and educational institutions, municipal governments, and band/tribal councils, as well as some provincial/territorial government departments and agencies. These entities act as employers or service coordinators under the program.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    National Media Relations Office