Frequently asked questions about Bus Driver recruitment
1. Resume/Application Submission
Please be advised that advertised Bus Driver opportunities are for part-time
employment only. In order to be considered for a Bus Driver employment
opportunity, you must submit your resume/application online. All
resumes/applications for Bus Drivers are kept on file for future
2. Screening and Testing
Applicants who best meet the requirements of the position will be
contacted to attend an information and testing session. These
information and testing sessions are by invitation only. All candidates
who attend this information session will be required to pay a
non-refundable $10 administration fee.
Candidates must pass the testing components in order to be invited
for an interview. Metrolinx is an equal opportunity employer and
interviews are conducted in a fair and consistent manner. A driver’s
abstract (paid for by the candidate) is required at the time of the
interview. Applicants with more than two demerit points on their
driver's abstract will not be considered.
4. Candidate Pool
Successful candidates will be placed on a candidate list for
potential positions. Candidates are placed in the order that their
applications are received. As positions become available, successful
candidates from the list are contacted to start the reference stage.
Candidates will also be asked to complete a Reference Consent Form.
Only professional contacts will be accepted for references. Metrolinx
does not accept personal references.
6. Offer of Employment
A candidate will only be offered employment with Metrolinx once their
references have been successfully completed.
Successful candidates must take part in six weeks of mandatory
in-house training, which will address:
* GO Transit System Rules and Regulations
* Class “B” license upgrade including Professional Driver Improvement
* “Z” (Air Brake) Endorsement upgrade
* Route training
* Revenue Service Training
* Corporate Courses – First Aid, Public Relations, Accessibility,
Violence in the Workplace, etc.
* Vision testing
* License upgrade and Renewal testing
8. Regular Service
Once employees have successfully completed their in-house training,
they will be assigned their shift and work hours.
FAQ’s – Bus Driver Recruitment
Why does Metrolinx only hire part-time GO Transit Bus Drivers?
Metrolinx only hires part-time drivers because it gives us more flexibility to cover peak periods.
How long will it take a part-time Bus Driver to obtain full-time status?
Metrolinx does not guarantee a time period for employees moving from
part-time to full-time employment. It is based on seniority and
Are full-time Bus Drivers obligated to work split shifts?
All work available to Bus Drivers is selected based on seniority. If
seniority leaves them no other option, then Bus Drivers must perform the
work that they select based on the seniority process.
Are Bus Drivers able to work another job?
A Bus Driver’s work at Metrolinx must take precedence over all other
employment options to ensure passengers are not disadvantaged due to
driver absenteeism. As well, drivers must comply with the hours of
service regulations as outlined by the Ontario Ministry of
Transportation. The new hours of service regulation can be found in the
Ontario Highway Traffic Act, Ontario Regulation 555/06 Hours of Service.
Can Bus Drivers request to be stationed at a specific location?
All new drivers will be based out of Steeprock or Streetsville Garage
(for the duration of their training). During training, a driver will
submit a standing application identifying their top work locations.
Based on seniority, driver preferences and work availability, new
drivers will be assigned to a specific work location. Following the
initial assignment, the driver has the option to request a work location
change through the standing application process. This is based on
seniority and work availability.
Why is a Criminal Record search conducted?
Metrolinx trains all new Bus Drivers to a “B” licence standard. It is
a requirement of the B classified licence as outlined by the Ontario
Ministry of Transportation that drivers holding this licence must meet
criminal check standards. If the standard is not met then the candidate
will not be considered for employment.
How long is the training period for Bus Drivers? What type of
training is involved?
The training period for new drivers is six weeks. New driver training
is an approved program determined by the Ontario Ministry of
Transportation Driver Certification Program. For more detailed
information on the training provided, please see the Recruitment Process
for Bus Drivers.
Do those who already possess a Class “B” license (and/or “Z”
endorsement) have to go through the training?
Yes. All new employees must successfully complete the six-week
in-house training course in order to ensure that all drivers possess the
skills, attitude and behaviour necessary to meet corporate standards.
Can those who don’t have an Ontario Driver’s Licence still apply to
become a Bus Driver?
All candidates must hold, or have held, a Driver’s License issued by
a Province or Territory of Canada.
Is there a probationary period after the training?
Yes. There is a nine-month probationary period for part-time
Are those who were employed as a commercial driver outside of
Ontario able to convert their licence in order to become licensed in
Drivetest facilities contracted by the Ontario Ministry of
Transportation are responsible for the conversion. Metrolinx, as signing
authority for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, is only permitted
to upgrade Ontario non-probationary licences.
Can those who have four demerit points on their driving record still
apply to Metrolinx to become a Bus Driver?
Having one of the highest standards in the transportation industry,
Metrolinx will not consider candidates with more than two demerit