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Transit Operator

Location: Victoria, BC

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Union: UNIFOR 

Salary: OPERATORS 2016, MIN $19.24 - MAX $33.18 

Closing Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/31/2022 



Are we right for you...

At BC Transit, we offer a $1500 Career Transition Allowance in your first week of employment for those who join the organization as a Transit Operator! 


We’re passionate about people and creating sustainable, safe and affordable solutions to BC. We are an organization that has a People First approach and considers people first in every business decision that we make. We are part of the solution and what we do matters; from fighting climate change with battery electric buses, to affordability through cost effective transportation, to connecting remote communities, we bring the heart, soul and innovation to public transportation.

It’s an exciting time to be in the transit industry and we’re looking for creative and passionate people to join our team. Not only would you be joining an engaged organization but you’d also get to enjoy flexible work arrangements, extended benefits and a pension plan as just a few of the benefits BC Transit employees are eligible for. Keep reading to find out if this role is meant for you!

What you'll be doing...

You will be the face of BC Transit, assisting all community members ensuring they get where they need to go safely. We are looking for customer service superstars, who we will teach to drive all of the buses in our fleet, from double deckers to small capacity buses. Our routes will take you anywhere from Sidney to Sooke, you will have an office with a view!

What you'll bring to the table...

  • Clearly demonstrated customer service skill set including conflict resolution, problem solving and sound decision-making
  • Minimum valid BC Class 5 driver's license or out of province equivalent
  • 2 years’ non-learners driving experience
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive ICBC medical examination relating to the Motor Vehicle Act requirement for a Class 2 driver’s license and capable of, after on-the-job training, holding a Class 2 driver’s license
  • Willing and able to work shifts (both straight and split shifts) anytime within BC Transit’s operating hours (22 hours each day) 
  • Clearly demonstrated customer service skill set including conflict resolution, problem solving and sound decision-making
  • 5 years’ Claims Experience Summary dated within the past 14 days with no more than one at-fault claim in the past 5 years, preference will be given to those candidates with a clean driving record
  • National (N) and Provincial (P) driver’s abstracts, each dated within the past 14 days indicating safe and responsible vehicle operation over the past 5 years with no more than 1 violation totaling no more than 4 points, preference will be given to candidates with a clean driving record. 

What we'll bring to the table...

Wage schedule as per the Unifor Local 333BC collective agreement. 

  • $19.24 - Training wage (7 weeks)
  • $21.77 - Upon graduation
  • $23.71 - After 6 months
  • $25.85 - One year anniversary after graduation
  • $27.98 - Second year anniversary after graduation
  • $32.21 - Third anniversary after graduation 
  • $33.18 - After 5 years of service 



  • Comprehensive medical and dental group plan benefits to support you and your family, regardless of what life throws at you
  • Membership in a “Gold Plated” defined benefit pension plan, meaning it’s the best in the Province and one of the best in the country; putting you in a strong position when it comes time to retirement 
  • Access to Fitness and Lifestyle Centers to help you take care of your physical fitness and health
  • Various programs that support employees such as an Employee Assistance Program and Health and Wellness initiatives and events aimed at fostering your mental health
  • A complimentary employee Bus Pass (taxable dependent passes)
  • A Corporate Learning and Development Program to help you in continuous career growth
  • An Employee Recognition Program where we all recognize each other successes (not just your Leaders!)
  • A Social Club that gives you access to events throughout Victoria
  • 7 weeks paid class 2 driving training in house, with our world class training department
  • 3 weeks vacation (based on the terms outlined in the current Unifor Local 333 BC Collective Agreement)
  • Ability to bank statutory holidays and take an additional 2 weeks off each year
  • Ability to bank overtime, you can have it paid out in lump sums or take more time off when you need it

The physical requirements of the role...

The physical demands of a Transit Operator most often require manual handling of loads between 5 kg and 15 kg.  Manual handling requirements are considered to occur on a rare basis throughout the work day/week.  We require Transit Operators to meet the Medical Standards for Commercials Drivers as required by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) Medical Standards found here:
If you would like to learn more about the physical demands and work environment of the position, please visit our "Drive With Us" page to read the full Job Demands Analysis and view the full job description.

What next steps could look like...

The Application Checklist on our "Drive With Us" page will walk you through what to include in your application if you are interested in applying. Along with your resume, you must include the following in order to be considered for this role:

  • 5 year drivers abstract
  • 5 year insurance claims history 
  • Copy of drivers license 


Click here to get answers to frequently asked questions about working as a Transit Operator and our application process

To keep our team members, customers and the communities we serve safe, we have introduced an interim Employee Mandatory Vaccination Policy intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  BC Transit requires proof of being fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Please be aware that your appointment to this position is conditional on meeting and maintaining the definition of being "fully vaccinated" as per the definition of Health Canada. Any employee providing false or misleading information, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.


We believe that diversity of thought and experience fuels innovation. In keeping with this belief, we do not discriminate on any basis. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Should you require any accommodation or have questions, please let us know.

While we welcome all applications, we will only respond directly to those who are short-listed for a role. Thanks in advance for your understanding and wishing you all the best in your career journey.

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