Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 06, 2009 11:06 ET

Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Help People Start Their Own Business in Coast of Bays Region

ST. ALBAN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2009) - A local employment project will help unemployed workers start their own business thanks to the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador. 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 22 communities on Newfoundland's south coast to develop the skills and experience they need to become self-employed."

The South Coast Community Development Corporation will receive $114,130 under the Government of Canada's Self-Employment program for its Self-Employment Benefits program, which will provide self-employment assistance, support and entrepreneurial advice to Employment Insurance-eligible participants in Newfoundland's south coast communities.

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

The federal government works with the provinces and territories, communities and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

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 June 28, 2009, and June 25, 2011, the South Coast Community Development Corporation will offer entrepreneurial assistance to 20 new Employment Insurance-eligible clients throughout the Coast of Bays region to help them 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 program provides clients with entrepreneurial assistance in the development and implementation of business plans and 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

  • For further information (media only):
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    National Media Relations Office
    Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
    Jennifer Collingwood
    Director of Communications