Self Employment Program

Since 1995 Learning Initiative has led the way in small business development in the province of Ontario with its high quality innovative delivery of government funded self employment programs. To date we have assisted with the successful launch of over 900 businesses in the Sudbury Region.

Key to our high success rate is our practical and holistic approach to the education and counselling of the small business owner, and our focus on building community. In these two things we are unlike most other self-employment brokers and delivery agents.

Our Self Employment Development Programs are business education programs that are both theoretical and highly practical in nature and are customized to meet the particular needs of each business owner and business. We provide support and guidance to assess a proposed business idea and to develop a business plan.  We also offer on-going training and individual consulting to meet the needs of the business and the business owner while in one of our programs.

RISE - Youth Small Business Program

This FREE program is for you if you are under 30, like the idea of being an entrepreneur, and you self-identify as having experienced anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, anorexia or bulimia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, addiction, autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or other similar challenges. 

Do you want to start your own part time or full time business?  Do you have an existing business that you want to take to the next level?  Or are you at the stage where you have an idea but need help exploring it and maybe fleshing it out?

Entrepreneurship, which drives the creation of micro and small businesses, is at the core of innovation, job creation and economic stimulus.  Canada and Ontario need people like you who want to do something a bit different than the 9-5 job.  Self employment can be a great way for young adults to make a living or to supplement their finances.  It can be a wonderful choice for those of us who struggle with school or who aren't yet decided on post secondary options orr who don't see ourselves in a regular career...or can't quite find our way into one.

In this 3 month long course you will develop entrepreneurship skills and business knowledge, as well as gain practical tools and confidence while turning your business idea into a realistic and workable business plan. The program also consists of one-on-one business plan coaching, guest speakers, panelists and, of course, self study and homework on your own with access to support. The RISE-Youth Small Business Porgram includes two 2-hr evening classes per week and one weekend intensive workshop.  This mininizes the amount of time that the program might interfere with work or other schedules. It also means you can meet  your obligations to look for work if you are in receipt of EI.  

Start up grants of $500 are awarded to those of you who complete the program successfully.  You could even be eligble to apply for a low interest small business loan from RISE.

To find out more, check out the upcoming General Information Sessions on our monthly calendar.  Create an account here on our site, and register on-line for the session you wish to attend. Or you can email or call 705.673.8943 and leave a message.

You can also apply online on the RISE website:



Ontario Self Employment Benefits Program - OSEB Employment Ontario

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has decided to discontinue the OSEB program in the province of Ontario effective April 1, 2016.

Unfortunately, for this reason we are no longer accepting applications for this program.


For more information about other self employment programs, please contact our office at 705-673-8943.


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