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STRIDES-Opportunities Fund

Living with a disability? Looking for work? Get access to funding. The STRIDES- Opportunities Fund Program is a financial assistance program designed to help persons with disabilities to gain employment through funding for training, wage subsidies, funding for adaptive equipment, and self-employment training.

STRIDES Program Supports


Through the Opportunities Fund, you may be able to get funding for one or more of the following:

  • Tuition for short-term training such as pre-apprentice training, placements, and practicums
  • Wage subsidies for employers
  • Income support and consulting to start a small business
  • Employment assistance services



Want to know if the Opportunities Fund is for you?  Go through the checklist to find out.

You can apply for the Opportunities Fund if:

  • You have a permanent disability or chronic health condition
  • You are unemployed or underemployed
  • You are legally eligible to work in Canada



Are you an employer looking to diversify your business and hire someone with a disability? You may be eligible to apply for wage subsidies or skills training for your new employee.

Employers who hire a new employee utilizing Opps Fund may also be eligible to receive disability support services such as the provision of funding for technology or equipment, workshops (such as Mental Health First Aid for their staff), and on-site job coaching for their new employee

Contact Us.

Have any questions? For more information about the Opportunities Fund, please contact the STRIDES Coordinator at 1-866-377-3670 or email oppsfund@opendoorgroup.org.

If you live in Northern BC or on the Island, contact Service Canada at 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) to find the Community Coordinator closest to you.


We would love to hear from you.

If you are a past participant of our STRIDES- Opportunities Fund Program, let us know your feedback.
Fill out our Opportunities Fund participant survey .


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