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Apply for the Tools Grant

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The Tools Grant is a non-repayable grant for apprentices to use towards the purchase of tools, protective equipment and clothing for their trade.

To apply for the Tools Grant, you need to be an apprentice in Ontario and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have successfully completed or been exempted from level one in-class training on or after April 1, 2020;
  • be registered as an apprentice for at least 12 months; and
  • have a registered Training Agreement.

Learn more about the Tools Grant.

Note: Items marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed.

Are you atleast 18 years of age? *Required
Please respond to this question.
You must be at least 18 years old to submit a Tools Grant application online. If you are under 18 years old, please contact your local Employment Ontario apprenticeship office to obtain a paper application. You and a parent or guardian must sign the completed application form and submit to your local Ontario apprenticeship office.
Have you been registered in an Ontario Apprenticeship Program for at least 12 months? *Required
Please respond to this question.
You must be registered in an Ontario apprenticeship program for at least 12 months to be eligible for the Tools Grant. For more information about apprenticeship training, visit ontario.ca/apprenticeship
Did you successfully complete or receive an exemption from level one in-class apprenticeship training on or after April 1, 2020? *Required
Please respond to this question.
You must have completed or have received an exemption from a level one in-class training on or after April 1, 2020 to be eligible for the Tools Grant.
Do you currently have a registered Training Agreement? *Required
Please respond to this question.
You must have a registered Training Agreement to be eligible for the Tools Grant. For more information about apprenticeship training, visit ontario.ca/apprenticeship.

How to submit your Tools Grant application

You must complete the application in one session. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

You need the following information before you start:

Your personal information

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Date of Birth
  • Complete mailing address
  • Email Address
  • Telephone number(s)
Your apprenticeship information

  • Client ID*
  • Trade sector
  • Trade name
Your banking information (required if you choose direct deposit as your payment option)

  • Institute Number
  • Branch Number
  • Account Number

*Client ID is the identification number issued to you by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) when you registered as an apprentice.


Get help and advice

If you need help or advice at any point before, during or after your apprenticeship, contact Employment Ontario or get help in person at an apprenticeship office near you.

Collection and use of personal information

Please read the following terms and conditions for collection and use of personal information:

This notice is being provided to you in accordance with subsection 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) uses this application to assess your eligibility for the Tools Grant program, under which you would receive funds to support the purchase of tools and equipment for your apprenticeship program. By making this application, you are consenting to the collection and use of personal information submitted in this application for the purposes of administering the Tools Grant Program.

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The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O.1990 F.31 governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. The collection of personal information on this application complies with section 38(2) and 39(2) of the Act.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development collects and uses your personal information pursuant to subsection 38(2) and clauses 41(1)(a) and (b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Your personal information on this form will be used for the purpose of administering and evaluating the Tools Grant program. Your personal information may be disclosed to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ministry of Finance and other government ministries for the purpose of administering this program. This disclosure is authorized by clauses 42(1)(b) and (c) of the FIPPA.

By agreeing to this collection of personal information you are also confirming that the information you have provided is accurate and true. Information that you provide on this form will be verified against Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development records to ensure eligibility for the Tools Grant program. If information appears incorrect, you may be provided an opportunity to correct it. If Tools Grant funds are paid out to you and the information relied on is later determined to be incorrect, you may be required to repay that money.

"Administering" the program includes assessing and verifying your eligibility for the Tools Grant program, planning and delivering the program, as well as evaluating, monitoring and preventing or detecting fraud or unauthorized receipt of payments in the use of the program, and recovering unauthorized payments.

Questions about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information may be directed to the ministry's Freedom of Information, Privacy and Information Management Office at 400 University Avenue, 10th floor, Toronto, ON, M7A 1T7 or by calling 416-326-7786. Questions about Tools Grant program administration should be addressed to the Employment Ontario Contact Centre, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, 33 Bloor St. E, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 2S3, 1-800-387-5656 toll-free; 416-326-5656 in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA); TTY (telephone service for the deaf) 1-866-533-6339 or 416-325-4084.

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You must read and accept the Collection and use of personal information to proceed with this application process.

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is committed to providing accessible content on our Employment Ontario Information Systems. If you experience difficulty accessing web pages and/or reports, please contact the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at contactEO@ontario.ca or 1-800-387-5656.