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Ontario Works Self-Employment Development (OWSED)


Sponsored by the Province of Ontario in partnership with Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS), the OWSED Program is designed to assist individuals currently receiving social assistance support to start their own businesses.

The training phase of this program is a combination of in-class instruction and independent study. The program is designed to help clients start up and operate their businesses by providing valuable background on business planning, marketing, sales, financials and business operations. Participants complete a well-prepared business plan during the training phase of the program. On-going business advisory support is available for a period of one year as clients build their business.

Take the first step towards starting your own business by calling 416.345.9437 today and speaking with the OWSED Program Manager. You can also send inquiries by email to .