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Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers


New to Canada? Want to explore the idea of starting a business?

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Due to the COVID-19 situation, Job Skills is temporarily suspending all in-person service delivery for all of its programs/services/events until further notice.

Although we will not be offering in-person support, we will continue to virtually support our clients and the community through modified services that will be delivered by phone, e-mail and online, where possible.

Please call 1-866-592-6278 or email for more information.

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Download the program flyer.

Dates/Locations for the next Phase I Intakes.

April 7-8, 2020

9:30 - 3:00
VPI Richmond Hill
1 West Pearce Street, Unit 405,
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3K3



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

2-day sessions:

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

Participants who meet Program Criteria will move to Phase III

Phase III

12 half-day sessions held over 4 weeks:

  • 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 IRCC informing them that their application for landing had been approved
  • Convention Refugees
  • Live-in Caregivers
  • CLB 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 / SEPN Info


  Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers - New Session!

JOIN US and learn about:

Meet with an experienced Business Coach to answer your self-employment questions!

Upcoming Session:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Markham South Welcome Centre
7220 Kennedy Rd. #8, Markham

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Contact us to win a prize!:
SEPN Info | 1-855-234-8868