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1.  You need a minimum high school education.

2.  You need to be 18 years old or older.

3.  You should be in good physical shape and have good eyesight.

     (Wearing corrective lenses or contacts are OK)

4.  Depending on the job at hand, you may need to learn other skills. The employer will list what those

     requirements are. (for example, you may need knowledge in using a carpet lifter forklift attachment

     for a job in a carpet warehouse)

5.  Have certification that you have attended and passed an OSHA compliant school for forklift

     operation. (see below for a list of schools in your province)

6.  You do not need a driver’s license become a forklift operator.

7.  Safety Equipment is necessary. You’ll need proper footwear, safety glasses, and earplugs.

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Ontario has become Canada’s leading manufacturing province, with over half of the national manufacturing output. Motor vehicles, auto parts, iron, steel, food, chemicals and appliances are the main products produced here. Several of the larger cities (Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga and Niagara Falls) have numerous jobs for forklift operators in many of these industries as well as warehouse and shipping careers. Several great jobs are available to a licensed forklift operator in Ontario.

In the province of Ontario, it is required by law to be certified as a forklift operator according to the guidelines

Forklift license in the province

of Ontario

provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). If you are found to be driving a forklift without this certification, you or your supervisor could be facing a fine up to $25,000 & up to one year in prison. These laws are enforced because of the dangers of untrained and careless forklift operators that kill or injure workers each year in accidents. You must renew your certification every 3 years and always carry your certification card with you on the job.


The OSHA has requirements in place that employers must meet for their workers who are going to be operating a forklift. Most employers have a dedicated trainer to teach their employees OSHA required forklift training. Other times they will hire a consultant to do the teaching if no trainer is available.  


These are the Ontario OSHA industry regulations for both employers and individuals:

Ontario Ministry of Labour – Forklift and Lifting Devices Safety in Industrial Workplaces

What are the requirements to become a forklift operator?

Getting a forklift license in Ontario in five easy steps:

1.  Find and contact an OSHA and/or provincial compliant school or trainer near you. See below

     for a list of schools/trainers in Ontario.

2.  Upon taking the course, you will usually be shown a course on how a forklift works, forklift safety

     and maintenance. You will then take a written examination. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

3.  As part of the course, you will be given hands-on training operating a forklift. Part of this training

     will be the walk-around inspection before starting. When you feel comfortable in operating the

     machine in the facility, the trainer will then test you performing various tasks with the machine.

     You may be using several types of forklifts (counterbalance, narrow aisle, pallet) in your training

     or just one kind. It is advisable to learn how to operate a variety of machines so you can increase

     your chances at getting a good job. Be sure to learn all of the controls and features of the machine

     at hand. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer for more time operating the machine until you get

     used to it.

4.  When you pass these series of tests you should be awarded your forklift certificate.

     Congratulations! You have now met the OSHA standards to become a certified forklift operator.

     Be sure to get your certificate and/or operators license. You can use your license for 3 years, then

     it must be renewed, usually at the same training school. (for a small fee)

5.  Next, search for a forklift job and remember to show your operators license and note it on your

     resume. Be sure to search for forklift jobs here at our website! You now have a very good chance

     at getting a well paying job.

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What kind of salary can I make as a licensed forklift operator

in Ontario?

In the province of Ontario a forklift operator can earn an hourly wage of $16.50 or $34,320 per year. Wages can be higher and overtime is also an option in earning more.

Provincial Offices

For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:

Ontario Ministry of Labour

400 University Avenue, 14th Floor, Toronto ON M7A 1T7


Occupational Health and Safety Branch

505 University Avenue, 19th Floor, Toronto ON M7A 1T7

Contact Centre

Toll-free: 1-877-202-0008

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