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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:

August 9-10 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
Thornhill Employment Hub

August 24-25 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
JVS Toronto - Markham Employment Source

September 12-13 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
Markham North Welcome Centre

September 18-19 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
Richmond Hill Welcome Centre

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

10 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 /

Delivered by:

Delivered by Job Skills Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada