Opportunities Fund Wage Subsidy Program


The 2015-2018 Opportunities Fund wage subsidy program is now accepting applicants.

Project Partner:

Get your foot in the door to start your career in biotech. Gain valuable work experience and skills needed to develop your career in Canada’s bio-economy.


  • Gain valuable work experience and skills
  • Establish a network of bio-economy contacts
  • Develop personally and professionally
  • Approach potential employers with a subsidized wage offer in-hand once you are eligible

Program description

According to BioTalent Canada’s labour market report, Sequencing the Data, access to capital and skilled talent are the two top challenges for the biotech sector. Despite the access-to-skilled-labor challenge, only 7.6% of bio-economy companies have persons with disabilities on staff, a figure well below other industries.

The Opportunities Fund wage subsidy program addresses these issues directly, alleviating the low employment of persons with disabilities in biotech by introducing a wage subsidy to off-set the start-up costs of orientation, integration and skills development.

The Opportunities Fund wage subsidy program provides up to $13,500 towards your salary as an incentive for employers to hire and train persons with disabilities. This is an excellent opportunity to build your skills and develop as a professional.

BioTalent Canada has a long track record of successful implementation of federal wage-subsidy programs, helping new talent gain employment in biotech and assisting companies in offsetting the costs of hiring.

Since 2005, BioTalent Canada has helped over 400 new biotechnology graduates find a job in the bio-economy through Career Focus, another wage subsidy program geared toward new graduates. Starting October 2015 to September 2018, we're expecting to place around 90 persons with disabilities. Make sure you're one of them!

Who is eligible?

In order to participate in the Opportunities Funds wage subsidy program as a potential placement employee, you must: 

  1. Self-identify as having a permanent physical or mental disability that restricts your ability to perform daily activities
  2. Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  3. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  4. Require assistance to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment
  5. Be unemployed or working less than an average of 20 hours per week
  6. Not be eligible for assistance under EI employment benefits

Participant Consent Forms will be provided by BioTalent Canada or the employer. If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or mcarr@biotalent.ca, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or chayes@biotalent.ca. to connect you to an employer. BioTalent Canada assumes no legal responsibility towards applicants or companies seeking subsidies. 

How to apply: 

  1. Ensure you meet the participant eligibility criteria stated above.
  2. Be sure to fill out and submit Participant Application Checklist to your employer.
  3. If you do not already have a position, you can search for available positions/employers on BioTalent Canada's job board, The PetriDish™; Alternatively, you can contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or mcarr@biotalent.ca, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or chayes@biotalent.ca. to connect you to an employer.

Participant Application Checklist

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) program. 

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