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Opportunities Fund For Persons with Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of training do you approve?

ANSWER: All kinds that address employability needs of applicants. The training must be six months or less and must be offered by a Public Institution or an accredited Private Institution.

2. Can I take part-time courses?

ANSWER: Yes. The Opportunities Fund Program can provide sponsorship for part-time or full-time training

3. Can I get a computer through the Opportunities Fund?

ANSWER: The Opportunities Fund can only provide sponsorship for adaptive equipment required because of a disability for the purpose of completing training or to perform job duties. For some participants, this may include a computer.

4. How much money can I get through the Opportunities Fund?

ANSWER: Sponsorship is based on individual need and on the availability of funds at the time of application.

5. Can I get a university degree through the Opportunities Fund?

ANSWER: The Opportunities Fund Program is designed to sponsor short-term training that is six months or less in duration.

6. What if the training is only available through a private college?

ANSWER: The Opportunities Fund Program can sponsor training at a private training institution if:

  1. the institution is recognized by the PCTIA and
  2. the training choice is justifiable in relation to the job target

7. What is a Case Manager?

ANSWER: A case manager is an employment counsellor who will support you to reach your employment goals. Your case manager will help you with identifying resources, selecting programs and completing your application to the Opportunities Fund Program. Your Case Manager will offer support throughout your training or wage subsidy and job search

8. Can I get sponsorship for training followed by a wage subsidy?

ANSWER: It is expected that applicants will be working within 12 weeks of graduation from a sponsored training program. If after 12 weeks of active job search there need to provide wage subsidy funding, application for a wage subsidy can be made through a case manager.

9. What if I want to be self-employed?

ANSWER: The Opportunities Fund Program can sponsor applicant to complete self-employment training.

10. Can I get money from the Opportunities Fund for my business start-up?

ANSWER: The Opportunities Fund Program does not provide start-up costs for small business ventures. Through self-employment training, applicants learn how to apply to conventional lenders for small business loans.

11. Can I apply to the Opportunities Fund if I'm in default of past student loans?

ANSWER: Yes, however applicants will need to negotiate a repayment schedule with the student loan program before eligibility for the Opportunities Fund Program.

12. Can I apply to the Opportunities Fund if I'm receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits?

ANSWER: No, however alternative funding sources for retraining exist for EI eligible applicants. Discuss this with a WorkBC case manager or an agent at your nearest Service Canada office.

13. Can I get Opportunities Fund sponsorship if I'm on a WorkSafeBC claim?

ANSWER: Claimants may be eligible through a WorkSafeBC case manager.

14. Can I book an appointment with an Opportunities Fund Coordinator?

ANSWER: Your Case Manager will assist you with the application process and contact the Opportunities Fund Program Coordinator.

15. Can you send me an Opportunities Fund application package?

ANSWER: Your Case Manager will help you access the application, complete all of the documentation and send it to the Opportunities Fund Program Coordinators.