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GO Transit Bus Driver Recruitment

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Frequently asked questions about Bus Driver recruitment


1. Resume/Application Submission

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 opportunities.

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.

3. Interview

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.

5. References

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.

7. Training

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 Course
* “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

Are 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.

Can Bus Drivers request to be stationed at a specific location?

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 a minimum G class Driver’s License or equivalent, issued by a Province or Territory of Canada.

Is there a probationary period after the training?

Yes. There is a six-months probationary period for full time Employees.

Are those who were employed as a commercial driver outside of Ontario able to convert their licence in order to become licensed in Ontario?

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?

Metrolinx will not consider candidates with more than two demerit points.