How to become a trained forklift operator in Ontario ProvinceOntario has four major cities: Toronto, Mississauga, Ottawa and Brampton. These cities thrive major economic growth and businesses in Canada.These need talents like you to man their operation. And one of the growing vocation is forklift driving.

But driving the lift trucks can cause accidents at the workplace that can cause serious injury to the workers and even death. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act oblige employers and their equipment operators to be educated and skilled driving the equipment. There are thousands of companies, large and small, whose primary businesses are transporting and moving large and voluminous materials at the workplace. Employing skilled and professional workers can make or break the operation of the business. 

If you are one of the job seekers at these companies and wanting to obtain a license to drive lift trucks, then we can help you on your journey. We have readied here the basic steps you need to accomplish, the list of training providers in Ontario where you can get trained and some helpful tips related to current standards and regulations.

Read on...

When Applying for a License, You Need To...

  1. Decide what category of lift truck you want to drive, this will determine what type of course you need to attend when you enroll for a schedule at your chosen provider.
  2. Choose a course the meets or exceeds the regulations set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The latest regulation is Safety Standard B335-15 issued in June 2015.
  3. Attend the classroom learning component. Just like any other course you have attend in the past, you need to study the theories and lectures of the course. This will help you understand the safety and risk involved operating the truck. This component also prepares you to be a competent operator to perform your job efficiently and securely. Absorb much knowledge as you can at the classroom.
  4. Attend the hands-on practice of the specific truck you enrolled to. Have you remembered the time when you first applied for a driver’s license? You need to prove your skills driving the car. Forklift practice driving is very much the same.
  5. The final stage is the evaluation. At this part, the trainer will scrutinize the trainee’s performance. There are courses that you need to pass the exam as well. Pass the test and get evaluated successfully, and you are assured of receiving your certification.
  6. Receive your certificate and license card. These are your confirmation that you have adequately completed the course.

The certification will last for three years, from which you need to take recertification after it lapses.

Forklift Training Schools in Ontario

Here's is the list of companies in the area that provide training. You can read also our article about how to choose the best school to enroll.

  • L.I.F.T. Training - 6130 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON L5T 1X7, (905) 461-0039
  • Tri-County Training - 480 Waydom Drive, Ayr, Ontario N0B 1E0, (519) 653-1700
  • 1 (800) 265-0400
  • Ontario Equipment and Training Center - Visit website for more info: www.forklifttrainingontario.com
  • Offers online training in accordance to I-CAB standard, license can be printed upon successful course completion and skills evaluation. The assessment passing mark for counterbalance lift truck training is 80% set by this company.
  • Liftow - 4180 Sladeview Crescent, Unit #3, Mississauga, 21 Keefer Court, Hamilton, ON
  • 5350 Brendan Lane, Windsor, Ontario, 1-866-465-4386, www.liftow.com
  • Occupational Safety Group - 3330 Dingman Drive, London, ON, Canada, 519.850.4000, 519.850.1020
  • Lucas Lift Truck Services Ltd. - Contact: Krista Butler, 905-227-3291 ext 242, www.starkecanada.com
  • Superior Forklift Training - 1235 East Francis St., Ontario, CA, 1-866-992-7774 or 1-909-474-2418
  • Lift Line Machinery Ltd. - 495 Prince Charles Dr S., Welland, 905.788.0971, www.liftline.ca
  • Safety Guys - 3o Steve Fonyo Drive Unit 200-1, Kingston, 613-549-6941
  • Mega City Training - 416-335-5551(North York), 147 Norfinch Dr Unit #3, Toronto
  • Corporate Training Services (Durham College) - 1610 Champlain Ave., Whitby, 905.721.3347 or 1.800.816.3615
  • Labor Tek Safety Training Inc. - 1370 Triole, Ottawa, (613)741-1128, (613)741-1130, www.labortek.com
  • Durham Truck & Forklift Driving School Ltd - 1099 Kingston Rd. Unit 244,Pickering, 1(877) 770-5529, (905) 492-7500
  • BNR Online Training - 16 Rembrandt Drive, Grimsby, www.bnr-online-training.com, 1-866-997-8880
  • City Truck and Forklift Driving School - 7003, Steeles Avenue West, Unit # 9, Toronto, (416) 749-9449, (416) 289-3446
  • Canadian Forklift Training Centre - 7270 Torbram Road, Unit #5, Brampton, Serving also Mississauga area, 905-673-7300
  • Industrial Safety Trainers Inc. - 219 Saunders Rd, Barrie, 1-800-219-8660, (705) 792-6619, www.thesafetybus.com
  • Martin’s Lift Truck Services - 519-773-5913, www.martinslifttruck.com
  • Algonquin Safety Training - 480 Cassells Street, North Bay, (705) 223 0120, www.algsafety.ca
  • Johnston Equipment Ltd - 5990 Avebury Road, Mississauga, (905) 712-6002
  • Hansler Industries Limited - 340 Jamieson Bone Road, Belleville, 613-966-5234, 613-966-0686
  • Also serves Mississauga, Brockville, Ottawa, Winnipeg areas
  • The Learning Enrichment Foundation - 116 Industry St or 1267 Weston Rd or 55 Emmet Ave., 416-760-2551, 416-769-0830
  • Nevarez Forklift Certifications - 1352 W. 5th Street, Unit H14, Ontario, (909) 560-0665
  • CN Forklift Training Center - Unit 4,7033 Telford Way, Mississauga, (905)-405-0001, (905)-405-0006
  • CanLift Equipment Ltd. - 1875 Wharncliffe Rd. S London, 1-877-499-2096, 905-681-5438
  • Safe-Tech Training Inc. - 31 Parr Blvd, Unit B, Bolton, 416.410.1855, 1.877.410.1855
  • FTT Ltd. - 3000 Garden Street, Suite 202, Whitby, 416.298.6093, 1.800.689.5153

What should be covered in the course...

According to Ontario MOL, the company’s internal safety policy and training schools course coverage should deal with the areas on these following topics:

  • Forklift regular inspection
  • Maintenance and repairs of lift truck
  • Periodic provision of sufficient training of operators to ensure skill and expertise
  • Loading and unloading procedures for safe operation
  • Safekeeping of training records and evidence of certification
  • Current laws and regulation impacting the operation of powered industrial truck

These are the minimum requirements, however, the company or school’s standard to implement should meet or surpass the above-mentioned subjects.

Penalty for Driving Lift Truck Without Certification

Penalty of individual without proper license could reach to $25,000 with at least 1 year of imprisonment. The law requires you to pay the fine and not by the company. While the employer can also be penalized the same and could be fined for $500,000. Immediate manager and superiors up to the CEO could also be panelized as well.

Salary of Forklift Operator in Ontario

The hourly wage of lift truck drivers here in Ontario ranges C$11.50 - C$19.67 and overtime rate of C$24.57 according to payscale.com

The wage rate applies whether you are experienced or beginner driver.

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