Ontario Self-Employment Benefit (OSEB)

The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit provides unemployed people who are or have recently been eligible for Employment Insurance with income and entrepreneurial support while they develop and start their business.

Who can apply?

Job seekers who are unemployed can apply to participate if they meet one of the following conditions:

They established a claim for Employment Insurance benefits or their Employment Insurance benefit period ended within the past three years.
They established a claim for Employment Insurance maternity or paternity benefits and were paid benefits within the past five years, and are re-entering the labour force after having left it to care for newborn or newly adopted children.

For the purpose of determining whether an individual qualifies as a participant, the date the completed application is received by Employment Ontario is the date when he or she is considered to have requested assistance. Other criteria may apply.

For further information, visit an Employment Options office or other Employment Ontario agency in your community.