Scholarship Opportunities for Canadian Residents through Special Federal Initiative

 Application deadline extended to July 15, 2022

This Scholarship opportunity for Canadian residents to enroll in the Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM) degree program, is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program and provides Canadian Residents (with the exception of BC which developed its own similar initiative) with a Scholarship to enter the Bachelor of Disability Management program offered through the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) delivered through an online learning platform.

Applicants for the Scholarship in the BDM program must be Canadian residents who have completed a 2-year diploma or other relevant educational prerequisites, which provide 60 credits or equivalent in a range of disciplines but preferably human resources, business, occupational health and safety, nursing or social work from a recognized post-secondary educational institution. A combination of professional experience and career education may also be considered under the Flexible Admission policy on a case-by-case basis. Applicants under Flexible Admission should have a maximum of 5-10 years of relevant experience in a related field.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-qualified basis.

This limited, one-time intake only for Fall 2022 provides the following options:

  • completion of the BDM program in a two-year time frame as a full-time student, or
  • completion of the BDM program in a four-year part-time format (scholarship applies to the first two years)

Details regarding the full-time and part-time BDM program can be found on the following webpage:

In recognition of the key role which early intervention and successful job retention efforts can have in reducing the socio-economic impact of disabling health impairments for disabled workers, employers and our society at large, many employers, unions, WCBs and other relevant stakeholders are expanding their efforts through various DM programs, policies and practices to build knowledge and capacity designed to improve successful accommodation of disabled workers.

With an ever increasing number of available employment opportunities in the RTW/DM space across Canada and internationally, from front line Return to Work coordination to senior management positions working as a Disability Management Professional is in many instances not only a financially rewarding career, but allows you to make a positive difference in someone’s life.

Individuals having completed the BDM will be encouraged to write the professional certification examinations for the designations of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC).

To download the information booklet for the Federal Special Initiative, please click on the following link: Federal Special Initiative Information Booklet 2022

To download the Special Federal Initiative Application Form in order to apply for a Scholarship, please click on the following link: Federal Initiative Scholarship Application Form

FAQs regarding the Special Federal Initiative Scholarship can be accessed here:

For information regarding this Special Federal Initiative Scholarship that is not addressed in the FAQs, please contact:

KD Thakor
Associate Director of Admissions, Student Services and Alumni Relations
Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences
4755 Cherry Creek Road
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 0A7

Due to a high number of inquiries, there may be delays in receiving a response. We prioritize those who have submitted an application with associated application fees. 

Funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.