Provided is a list of tools to purchase for this program and future career. You will find pictures to illustrate each item, helpful descriptions on what to buy and what they are used for. For your convenience, these tools have been categorized according to priority.


Below is the full list of supplier names, as grouped by acronym:
HIC (Home Improvement Centre): Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Rona, Kent, Home Hardware
HS (Hardware Stores): Lee Valley, Busy Bee Tools, Acklands-Grainger, Atlas Machinery                                                           
AS (Automotive Supplier): Princess Auto, Canadian Tire, Paint Circuit
CS (Craft Store): Michaels, Staples, dollar stores, Fabricland
DS (Drugstore): Shoppers Drugmart or any other pharmacy
P&O (P and O stores): Gord Ruder, Weber Supplies


  • Write your name on most – if not all – of your tools. Working areas are quite spread out and there is a tendency of leaving tools lying around. Names make it very useful for everyone to keep track!

  • Keep your receipts! Tool expenses can be claimed as school expenses/tuition on tax return forms.

  • Have a look at the Tool Tutorials page for a breakdown of tool components and tips on using them.

  • You will need to have your tools by the second week of classes in order to get started on your projects

  • Tools can be shared between students however there is a lot of independent work and you may need to be using it at the same time. The lab also provides some basic tools such as heat guns and bending irons.


  • To order from P&O/Gord, fill out the P&O Specialty Order form (make sure to fill the form with your P&O student email, as well as send an etransfer to The form can be submitted multiple times as needed.

  • To order from Weber, access the Weber catalog and order form HERE. For more Weber Safety information, you can reach:

Paula Cabral
Safety Product Specialist
Weber Supply Company Inc.
1830 Strasburg Road,
Kitchener, Ontario
Phone: 1-800-668-4100 Ext. 4253
Fax: 519-888-4200 Ext. 4253

ORDERING FROM MOT (Myrdal Orthopedic Technologies Inc.):

  • If looking for a variety of P&O products (including but not limited to materials, hand tools, specialty tools, and componentry), you can order online from HERE.

  • MOT is offering a 10% discount to all students currently enrolled in a GBC P&O program. They payment in the form of Visa, Mastercard, e-transfers, and cheques.


837 Sargent Ave
Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3E 0C1
Toll free: 1-877-395-0081

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The main PPE requirements for the program are gloves when handling chemicals, gloves when moulding plastic, eye protection, ear protection and respirators. There is a variety of these products available at your local hardware stores but the school also connects with a safety product specialist which sells these products. Students should ensure that the products purchased meet the safety requirements set by the program.

PPE is required for the first lab session, on the Thursday of the first week of school.

The only requirement for footwear is that students wear closed toed shoes, steel toes are not mandatory.

Weber Safety

The program requires that students obtain a mask fit test certificate to ensure that individual respirators and masks are meeting the safety requirements for the chemicals used in the lab. The individual performing the testing will let you know what size of respirator works best for you for order.

All orders from the Weber online form must be submitted before the first week of school in order to receive them for the first week. There will be a deadline for orders at the end of the first Wednesday orientation session in order to receive them before lab sessions begin the following week.

The orders will be shipped to the school and to be picked up in UG75 (clinical casting room). The shipment will be set to arrive on the first week, before orientation sessions in the lab begin.


  • Payment in full is due at time of pick-up

  • Payment can be cash (exact change required), or credit card

  • Mask Fit Test costs 25$, payable in cash only. Guys, be sure to have acceptable facial hair