The Self-Employment Benefit Program (SEB) is designed to provide "Employment Insurance (EI) eligible" or "Reachback" clients with the necessary training and counselling support to launch new, full-time businesses in the London/Middlesex region.

The application process takes 6-8 weeks and consists of training in business planning, advisory assistance and business plan assessment. If accepted, participants receive income support for 42 weeks of business operations, Business Skills Enhancement training, ongoing Business Advisory services and networking opportunities.

The focus of the SEB program is on business start-up. Applicants must have a solid business idea and if accepted into the program must be committed to starting their venture upon completion of the Business Skills Enhancement training. Individuals must clearly demonstrate their "entrepreneurial frame of mind", have a viable business concept with a "reasonable chance of success" in the London/Middlesex region and be recommended for acceptance into this federally funded program by SEB personnel.

The Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program is an Employment Ontario project funded in part by the Government of Canada.