Employment Support

Self Employment Program (SEP)

The Ontario Works Self-Employment Program (SEP) is an employment assistance activity for Ontario Works recipients who have expressed an interest in pursuing self-employment as part of their plan to return to the workforce.

SEP is available to assist Participants with business ideas that require coaching and supports. This program offers a two-week workshop and an additional 60 weeks of SEP supports. Supports include a combination of in-class learning, ongoing coaching and various benefits to assist a Participant to become financially self sufficient. SEP does not provide business startup costs or business loans. Participants must have a clear exit strategy from Ontario Works and meet specific benchmarks during the program to maintain eligibility.