Island Ops Diverse abilities at work

Mission Statement

To create employment and self-employment opportunities for everyone.


Island Ops is a free program that helps those living with a permanent disability or diverse abilities find sustainable employment or self-employment.

We are a TEAM

Of employment specialists that can get you on track to skills training and connect you with employers who are looking to hire.

If you are ready to work or update your skills, you've come to the right program.

What Can I Expect?

You could be eligible for:

  • Employment counselling, job coaching, and supports.
  • Business coaching, entrepreneurial skills training and income support while you train to start a small business.
  • Employment assistance services such as resume, cover letter, and job search workshops, and one-to-one job coaching.
  • Work experience and wage subsidies for employers to hire you.
  • Tuition for short duration training such as pre-apprentice training, clinical placements, exam prep courses, practicums, and skills training (up to 6 months) from private or public accredited institutions.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

•Be a resident of Vancouver Island, Powell River or the southern Gulf Islands.

• Self-identify as having a permanent physical or mental disability that restricts his or her ability to perform daily activities

• Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada

• Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

• Not be eligible for assistance under the Employment Insurance (EI) employment benefits or any similar programs that are the subject of agreements with provinces, territories or organizations entered into pursuant to Section 63 of the EI Act (unless approved by a departmental official)

• Require assistance to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment

Find Out More

Contact Us

Amanda Davis | Program Coordinator

  • Phone: 250.741.8116 ext. 23
  • Email: islandops@ethoscmg.com

Chelsea Oaten | Client Services Representative

  • Phone: 250.741.8116 ext. 21

Toll free: 1.877.223.8467 | Fax: 250.741.8117

Island Ops is located at: 202-155 Skinner St., Nanaimo, BC V9R 5E8.

This project is delivered by ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd.

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