Career Ready with CTMA: RFQ for Manufacturing Equipment Purchase

Dear Manufacturing Technology Equipment Distributors,

This e-mail is a courtesy invitation to respond to a Request for Quotation (RFQ) issued by the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) for the purchase of capital equipment for the “Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities” program (“the project”).  The project is being funded in-part by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) through the Skills Development Fund.  It is designed to help close the skilled trades gap that exists in the Machine, Tool, Die & Mould (MTDM) sector; a sector that serves many industries including, but not limited to, automotive, aerospace, packaging, medical, energy military defense and others.

This portion of the project includes a partnership between the CTMA, the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE), and the following six (6) School Boards: Greater Essex County District School Board, Halton District School Board, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, Upper Grand District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and York Region District School Board.

The RFQ was posted on by the Greater Essex County District School Board on behalf of CTMA; the timelines are listed below.


Date of Issuance Of RFQ

July 2, 2021

Deadline for Questions

July 22, 2021 on or before 12:00:00 p.m. local time

Final Addendum

July 30, 2021

Closing Date/Time Of RFP

AUGUST 6, 2021 on or before 12:00:00 p.m. local time

Successful Bidder Notification by

September 10, 2021

Equipment Delivery Dates

As specified in RFQ


As Broader Public Sector (BPS) organizations, School Boards and collaborating organizations are required to adhere to the BPS Procurement Directive by posting bid opportunities that exceed $100K nationally and electronically and we are using, for this purpose.  If you are not currently registered on, please visit their website, e-mail them at or call them at Telephone: 416-756-0955 to make arrangements to register.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to receiving a Bid from your organization, should you decide to submit.