Robert Lee YMCA

Ages 16+

Dream about starting your own business? Success is much greater if you have the right knowledge, tools and resources. The Self Employment program is designed to help Canadians start up small businesses through training, financial support and connecting you to the networks and agencies needed to succeed. In conjunction with the new Employment Program of BC and the YWCA, this program provides essential services to help people who are ready to turn a great business idea into successful self-employment.

The program runs for up to 48 weeks and concentrates on:

  • Business plan development
  • Entrepreneurial workshops
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Business launch and implementation coaching and support
  • Business advising
  • Networking opportunities

Get the right knowledge, tools and resources to start your own business today!

Follow these simple steps to determine program eligibility:
  1. Find your local WorkBC Employment Service Centre based on your home address.

    *Please note that the YMCA Self Employment programs provides services for participants who receive support from the following WorkBC Employment Service Centre locations only:

    WorkBC Employment Services Centre - Vancouver South - Ground Floor, 7575 Cambie Street, Vancouver V6P 3H6 (604-263-5005)
    WorkBC Employment Services Centre - Vancouver Westside - #300 2150 West Broadway, Vancouver (604-688-4666)
    WorkBC Employment Services Centre - North Shore - #310-260 West Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver (604-988-3766)
    WorkBC Employment Services Center - Sunshine Coast - 5600 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt (604-885-3351)
    WorkBC Employment Services Center - Cranbrook - 24 11th Avenue South, Cranbrook (250-489-5117)
    WorkBC Employment Services Center - Fernie - 302c 2nd Avenue, Box 906 Fernie (250-423-4204)
    WorkBC Employment Services Center - Golden #205 421 9th Avenue North, Box 2222 Golden (250-344-5413)
    WorkBC Employment Services Center - Invermere #2 - 1313 7th Avenue, Box 2289 Invermere (250-341-6889)

  2. Make an appointment with a Case Manager at your local centre to determine eligibility. If you are eligible, your Case Manager will sign you up for a mandatory Self Employment Orientation and Assessment Workshop (offered monthly). Further Information, session dates and application forms will be provided at the time of orientation.

For more information, please contact, or for Vancouver inquiries, call 604-685-8066 or for Sunshine Coast inquiries, call 604-886-2025.

Robert Lee YMCA

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Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y2
Phone: 604-689-9622
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