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City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Transit

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Driver Safety Rating and Driver’s Abstract and how do I obtain these?

In Manitoba, a Driver Safety Rating (DSR) scale is used to recognize your driving behaviour. Your position on this scale reflects your driver record; the higher your rating, the better your driver record.

A Driver Abstract is a document containing the details of your driver record such as licence class, licence expiry date, any at-fault accidents, convictions, suspensions, disqualifications, and prohibitions.

You may obtain a copy of your DSR and your Driver’s Abstract through Manitoba Public Insurance. At present, obtaining a copy of your DSR is free. A Driver Abstract can be obtained at the approximate cost of $10. You are responsible for this cost.

Can I submit a photocopy of my Driver’s Abstract and Driver’s Safety Rating?

Yes, you may submit a photocopy of your Driver’s Abstract and Driver’s Safety Rating if applying online. If applying in person at 510 Main Street, you must submit an original copy of your Driver’s Abstract and Driver’s Safety Rating.

How do I obtain a Police Information Check ?

You may request the Police Information Check either online at Winnipeg Police Service Website or in person at the Winnipeg Police Service located at 245 Smith Street (Enter at Smith & Graham). The cost is $49.00. If fingerprints are required, there will be an additional charge of $61.75. The application review process usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks. For more information on how to obtain a Police Information Check, please visit the Winnipeg Police Service Website. You are responsible for this cost.

What is the minimum age requirement?

Manitoba Public Insurance requires a candidate must be 18 years of age or older to be able to apply for an Authorized Instruction in Class 2.

How long does the recruitment process take?

It usually takes 8 weeks to complete the recruitment process.

Will I be notified when my application is received? And how often should I expect to hear from recruitment personnel?

Once applications are screened, we will notify only candidates who meet the required qualifications. We will continue to communicate with candidates using the email addresses provided on their applications as we continue through the hiring process. Note: It is important that candidates check their email often (including your junk mail).

Where can I find information on becoming eligible for employment in Canada?

You may contact the Government of Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Centre

I did not complete a High School Diploma nor do I have a GED. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply if you did not complete high school or receive a GED. Each application is evaluated on its own merit (i.e. life and position-related work experiences combined with education).

I do not live in Manitoba, do I have to transfer to a Manitoba licence prior to my training start date?

Yes, you must obtain a Manitoba licence prior to your training start date.

What does the medical examination consist of?

Applicants may be asked to participate in a medical component as part of the recruitment process, at your own expense. This will consist of a medical inquiry form and an MPI licence medical form that is required to be completed by the applicants practicing physician. If you do not have a doctor, please refer to the following Manitoba Health Doctor Finder Program link

What kind of questions will be asked in the Interview?

The interview will be competency based and will include a variety of questions: situational, knowledge, and behavioural.
The knowledge questions will require specific facts for answers. The situational and behavioural questions will ask you to describe events that demonstrate how you would deal with a particular situation.

What is the level of pay for an entry level Transit Operator?

Transit Operator pay levels are as per the collective agreement:

  • starting at $20.18/hr.
  • includes a defined benefit pension plan with matching employer contributions and a flexible benefits package is also provided.
  • a Bus Operator will attain a final wage of $28.15 in year 4 of employment under the current contract.

Will I work shifts as a Transit Operator?

Yes, Transit Operators are required to work shifts. These may vary from day to day and week to week, but will certainly include “split shifts”. This means that Operators are required to work a total of 7.5-8 hours over a 12 hour time period.

For example:
- Report time: 3:05 pm to 7:05 pm
- Unpaid break
- Report time: 9:45 pm to 1:45 am

Shift work will have an impact on your personal life. All candidates must consider this aspect of the position very seriously.

What is the 6-week training period like?

The 6-week Operator Training program consists of both in-class and day and night on-road sessions. Operator Trainees must meet the minimum testing requirements on all examinations to progress through the training. Transit Operator Trainees will be paid hourly at a rate of $16.14 while in training.

I don’t have a computer at home. Where can I go to apply online?

Check with your local library to see if they have computers on site available for public use. You will be required to reserve the computer with your library card. Consult your local phone directory for a library near you.

Many Service Canada Centres and local Community Centres such as the YMCA may also offer the use of their computers for the purposes of applying.