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Apprenticeship training application

Your information
Your sponsor's information
Confirm your application

To apply, you must have a sponsor (usually your employer) who has agreed to provide you with apprenticeship training. If you do not have a sponsor and want to learn more about apprenticeship training or get help finding a sponsor, please visit ontario.ca/apprenticeship, or contact your local Ontario apprenticeship office. If you have previously applied for this trade, you can change your sponsor.

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

Have you previously applied for apprenticeship in this trade?  *Required
Including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Please respond to this question.
You indicated that you have previously applied for apprenticeship in this trade, you can not apply online. Please contact your local Ontario apprenticeship office.
Are you at least 18 years of age? *Required
Please respond to this question.
You must be at least 18 years old to submit an Apprenticeship 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.
Has your sponsor agreed to register you as an apprentice? *Required
Please respond to this question.
Your sponsor must agree to register you as an apprentice before you can proceed with this process. Please ensure that your sponsor is willing to register you before returning to complete this online application.

How to submit your apprenticeship 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 information

  • Social insurance number
  • Complete mailing address, including your postal code
  • Your telephone number(s) and email address
  • Start date of apprenticeship training with this sponsor
  • Number of regular working or training hours per week

Your sponsor's information

  • Full legal business name of sponsor
  • Complete mailing address for your sponsor, including postal code
  • Sponsor telephone number
  • First and last name of the contact for your sponsor
  • Sponsor contact phone number and email address
  • Sponsor ID number*

*Sponsor ID number is optional. Including it will speed up the application process. If your sponsor has ever registered an apprentice, they will have an ID number issued by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD).

Proof of age, social insurance number (SIN) and education/training documentation

To apply for apprenticeship training in Ontario, you must have documented proof of age, SIN and education/training for the ministry to examine and verify.

Uploading proof documentation will result in faster processing of your application. Please note: all three documents must be uploaded in order to complete this option.

Please have your proof documentation ready for uploading. Only files with extension 'jpg', 'jpeg', 'pdf', 'png' can be uploaded and must not exceed 2 MB.

If you do not wish to upload your proof documentation, you must provide it to a local Ontario apprenticeship office.

One document from each category below must be provided.

Proof of age
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Driver's licence
  • Passport (valid or expired)
  • Nexus card
  • Ontario / Canadian registration licence
  • Ontario photo card (new Ontario ID card)
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Naturalization (not commemorative issue)
  • Government of Canada certificate of Indian or Métis status
  • Current identity document issued by a Canadian government ministry or agency with a vigorous registration or security clearance process (OPP or RCMP security check)
Proof of SIN
  • SIN card
  • Government income tax form
  • Record of employment (ROE)
Proof of education/training
  • GED certificate - Canadian
  • GED certificate - foreign (accredited)
  • High school diploma - Canadian
  • High school diploma - foreign (accredited)
  • Postsecondary diploma - Canadian
  • Postsecondary diploma - foreign (accredited)
  • Trade certificate - Canadian
  • Trade certificate - foreign (accredited)
  • Academic transcript
  • Upgrading certificate - Canadian
  • Upgrading certificate - Ontario
Collection and use of personal information

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

MLTSD uses this application to assess your eligibility for a registered training agreement under which you would receive training from a sponsor in a trade required as part of an apprenticeship program. By making this application, you are authorizing MLTSD to verify any of the information provided.

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Your personal information on this form and in all other communications related to apprenticeship and related programs will be used by MLTSD to administer and finance Ontario's apprenticeship training program. MLTSD will collect relevant personal information directly from you and indirectly from your school board, employer, sponsor, training institution, Employment Ontario (EO) service provider, the Ontario College of Trades (the College) and Canada for these purposes and may also disclose your personal information to these organizations. MLTSD may use the services of other Ontario ministries, contractors and auditors to administer and finance apprenticeship training. You may be contacted to request your voluntary participation in surveys and public relations campaigns related to apprenticeship training.

Administration includes assessing and verifying your eligibility for apprenticeship, including your age, education and membership in the College; registering you as an apprentice and maintaining your file; providing financial assistance to you and your training institutions; working with you, your training institutions and your employers or sponsors to support your progress in and completion of workplace and classroom training; conducting examinations; issuing certificates of apprenticeship; evaluating, monitoring and auditing your progress and the activities of your employers, sponsors, trainer(s) and training institutions; reporting to Canada about the effectiveness of apprenticeship training as required under the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA) between Canada and Ontario and the Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA) between Canada and Ontario; enforcing your agreements with MLTSD and the legislation set out below; enforcing the agreements between MLTSD and your employer, sponsors and training institutions; conducting inspections and investigations; detecting, monitoring and preventing fraud; and conducting policy analysis, evaluation and research related to all aspects of EO programs and services, including apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship training is funded in part by the WDA and the LMDA. Under these agreements, MLTSD is required to collect your social insurance number to provide reports to Canada to allow it to monitor and assess the Employment Insurance Program under s. 3 of the Employment Insurance Act (EIA) and to track the progress of all clients participating in programs and services funded under these agreements Information you provide on education level, immigration status, Employment Insurance eligibility, Francophone status and prior participation in special apprenticeship programs helps design policies and programs to support apprenticeship completions, and better meet reporting requirements under the Canada-Ontario WDA.

MLTSD will disclose your personal information, including your contact information and your registered training agreement(s), to the College under s. 80 of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act (OCTAA), 2009 when it is necessary for the College to carry out its responsibilities. MLTSD may also disclose your personal information to:

  • any of your employers or sponsors who need your apprenticeship training agreement for purposes of applying for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit under s. 89 of the Taxation Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, c. 11, Schedule. A;
  • any person employed in the administration of similar legislation in any Canadian province or territory under s. 79(8)(a) of the OCTAA, 2009;
  • and to Statistics Canada, if required under s. 13 of the Statistics Act, R. S. 1985, c. &19, as amended.

Your personal information is collected under the authority of the OCTAA, 2009 S.O. 2009, c. 22; the WDA, the LMDA, and ss. 3, 63 and 139 of the EIA, S.C. 1996, c. 23, as amended, s. 76.29 of the Employment Insurance Regulations, S.O.R./96-332, ss.10, 34(1) and 36(1) of the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act, S.C. 2005, c. 34; s. 8 of the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-21, as amended; and s. 10.1 of the Financial Administration Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F. 12, as amended.

Questions about the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information may be addressed to the Manager, 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 notice of 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.