Job prospects Transit Operator - Transportation in Ontario

Job opportunities for Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators (NOC 7512) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a transit operator - transportation.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Ontario

transit operator - transportation
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators (NOC 7512) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.

Employment in this occupation has remained relatively stable over the past decade in Ontario. Job opportunities for bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators vary across the different occupational specialities. Nearly one half of these workers are employed in school and employee bus transportation while another third works in urban transit.

School bus drivers make up a large portion of this occupational group. Job prospects are better in this field given the high rate of employee turnover. These positions are usually part-time and contract-based. Some individuals enter this field on a temporary basis until they secure alternate employment while others, such as older workers, may prefer the shorter hours and flexibility that comes with the role.

The need for public transit operators is determined by user demand and overall population growth in the region. Opportunities will be best in areas that are constructing new transit systems or are expanding existing lines, as well as areas with new housing developments and schools. The rising costs to operate a vehicle along with greater environmental awareness may encourage the use of public transit, helping improve prospects for local workers. However, building or expanding new transit lines is subject to regional budgets and as such, employment growth may fluctuate according to government funding. This occupational group has an older workforce so retirements will contribute to some job openings although workers tend to retire at a later age in this field.

The demand for tour and charter bus drivers depends largely upon the strength of the tourism industry. During periods of strong economic growth, there is often a heightened level of activity in the tourism sector. These services are especially popular for group travel and with the growing older population. Work is often seasonal for tour bus drivers who take extended trips, so job prospects may be better for individuals who are able to be away from home for lengthy periods of time.

Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators who possess a clean driver's abstract along with industry-specific experience will have improved employment prospects. In addition to licence requirements, school bus drivers in Ontario must complete the School Bus Driver Improvement Course.

Here are some key facts about Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 35,000 people work in this occupation.
  • Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Transit and ground passenger transportation (NAICS 485): 82%
    • Local, municipal, regional, aboriginal and other public administration (NAICS 913-919): 10%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 58% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 42% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 48% of bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators work all year, while 52% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 37 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators (NOC 7512) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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