Persons with Disabilities Training Stream

This stream supports British Columbians that are designated Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Learn more about acquiring PWD designation from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Please refer to the Persons with Disabilities Training Stream Eligibility Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements for this stream.

Funding Amounts

Under the Persons with Disabilities Training Stream, employers may receive 100 percent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 per participant per fiscal year for training, participant financial supports and training allowances.

Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer. Before reimbursements are made, receipts will be used to verify that participants do not pay for training or any training-related expenses.

Eligible Participants

Participants must be designated by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction as a Person with Disabilities (PWD).
At the time of application, participants must also be one of the following:

  • Unemployed
  • Employed by the applicant
To verify PWD status, applicants will need to ensure participants request a Release of Information (RoI) form by contacting the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR) at 1-866-866-0800 or by visiting a Ministry office in-person. A sample of this form (form HR0095) can be downloaded here. Once signed and completed, participants must submit the RoI through My Self Serve or drop it off at a Ministry office. Once processed by the Ministry and returned to the participant, participants must provide a copy of the RoI to their employer who must attach it to their application.
To ensure eligibility, participants will need to submit their Participant Information Forms as part of the application. Participants will be required to disclose their employment status and identify their job title before and after training.

Eligible Training

Employers will be required to demonstrate that training aligns with the current or future needs of their business and the available job.

Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length. The ETG is not a bursary program and does not fund diploma or degree programs, in full or in part.

Expected Outcomes

The result of the training must be improved job-related skills leading to a job for an unemployed person, or a better job for a current employee. A “better job” is defined as:
  • Increased pay
  • Promotion or advancement to another position
  • Move from part-time to full-time employment
  • Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment
  • Increased job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)

Please review the Persons with Disabilities Training Stream Eligibility Criteria for more details before applying. Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another.

Intake Periods:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications Feb 3, 2021 April 1 –
August 31, 2021
Intake 2
Apply now June 25, 2021 Sep 1, 2021 –
March 31, 2022