What is Island Ops?

Island Ops is a free program designed to help Persons with Disabilities gain sustainable employment. Funding may be available for skills training, wage subsidies, adaptive equipment, and self-employment training. Island Ops is available to eligible individuals throughout Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Powell River area. Island Ops is an initiative of the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund and is delivered by ETHOS. 

Here is what some Island Ops Participants have said about the program:

“I love my job as Bird Care Assistant & Interpreter at The Raptors because I am learning all the time and get to hang out with cool birds all day.”

Lindsay obtained her job at The Raptors through Island Ops’ Work Experience program.

Lindsay H.

Island Ops Participant

“My Work Experience placement at NAC gave me a chance to try something different and an opportunity to put my office administration education to use. Before Island Ops, I couldn’t secure an administrative job as I didn’t have any experience. Now I have experience.”

Arlene F. Completed a 12-week Work Experience placement at Nanaimo Athletic Club and became employed by NAC.

Arlene F.

Island Ops Participant

Island Ops

Island Ops welcomes applications from interested candidates on a continual basis. The program is customizable and includes:

Work Experience

Supported work experience opportunities available to get you that dream job as well as potential wage subsidies available to benefit both you and the employer.

Self Employment

Business Coaching, skills training, and income support to help start a small business.

Job Coaching

Personalized, one-on-one coaching building on your existing skills and experience to launch you into the job market prepared and confident.

Occupational Training and Skill Resources

Tuition for short-duration training such as pre-apprenticeship, job required training, and vocational skills training *(up to 6 months). *Must be employed prior to training approval


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.


How to Apply

Contact Us

By Phone

Toll Free: 1 (877) 714-0471

Phone: 1 (250) 741-8116

8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday



This project is delivered by ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd.