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OC Transpo is a key element of our growing economy and important to the sustainable development of our region. OC Transpo relies on 3,000 employees and more than 900 buses. In 2019, our customers took 97.4 million trips around the city of Ottawa!

The City is committed to the principles of employment equity and a diverse workforce that is representative of the people we serve. We invite qualified individuals to apply.

Only those qualified to participate in the selection process will be contacted.

Drive with us! We’re hiring!

Two operators wearing masks with image text: We're hiring!

OC Transpo is hiring Bus Operators. Do you want to become part of an exciting and supportive work environment that directly impacts your community? If so, this could be the opportunity for you!  
Bus Operators receive:

  • Excellent benefits for themselves and their families
  • Flexible work options
  • A comprehensive pension plan

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity with competitive compensation and career opportunities, look no further.

OC Transpo moves thousands of customers a day and provides Ottawans with safe, courteous, and accessible transit to get them to the places that matter to them. We are looking for customer and safety-focused applicants to join our diverse team of Operators!

Apply here!

Bus Operator Recruitment information 

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Text appears “Come drive with us” “Khalid’s story”

00:05

The things I enjoy most about being an OC Transpo bus operator: when you drive a bus you’re basically your own boss, you’re by yourself but you also know you have that team behind you if you ever need it and that’s the greatest thing about working here because it’s the best of both worlds.

A bus operator speaks to the camera. A bus operator drives a bus. Four operators talk and laugh together.

00:20

Why did I choose to become an OC Transpo bus operator? So one thing is the benefits are really great here at OC Transpo. Also there’s a lot of room for advancement with OC Transpo and the City of Ottawa at large. So if you want to move up you have many opportunities to go to many different departments.

Buses drive through Ottawa. A bus pulls into the garage. An operator walks around the bus doing a safety check.

00:35

A typical start to my day is I come into the garage, I’ll say hello to my fellow operators. I get my docket and do my safety check on my bus and away I go.

An operator waves from inside the bus. An operator looks at the front of a bus. A bus drives away.

00:45

What about being an OC Transpo bus operator do I find fulfilling? I had an elderly customer who looked really frantic and was lost and who did know where she was going and I was just about to get off my shift on the street so I was able to actually go with her on the train and help her where she was going so that was really a good feeling

An operator drives a bus. Passengers get off a bus at a bus stop

1:06

What would I tell someone about thinking about becoming an OC Transpo bus operator? I would tell them that it’s a very exciting career with the potential for growth. Great benefits, great room for growth in the company and you get to help people while you’re at it.

A bus displaying “We’re hiring” pulls up to a stop and opens its doors. A bus operator speaks to the camera

1:21

My name is Khalid, I’ve been a bus operator for two years

A bus operator speaks to the camera. Four bus operators stand together smiling. Text appears on screen “For more driver stories: octranspo.com/jobs”

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Text appears “Come drive with us” “Kay’s story”

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The things I like the most about being an OC Transpo operator is the view from my office window changes ever single second.

A bus operator speaks to the camera.

00:15

I really enjoy working on my own as well as working as a team

An operator drives a bus. Four operators talk and laugh together.

00:23

I chose to become an OC Transpo bus operator because of the customer service aspect. I really enjoy working with people and this was a great opportunity to work with all types of people all over the city. Some really are dependent on the bus service that we provide so I feel like I’m giving back to the community and helping them reach their destination.

Buses drive through Ottawa. A bus operator does a safety check of a bus. A bus operator waves at the camera from inside the bus

00:55

Well I have passengers that show their gratitude in different ways. I had a customer that worked at a community garden and when he was coming back from his visit he dropped off some vegetables for me.

A bus operator guides a bus around a turn. Passengers get off a bus at a bus stop. A bus displaying “We’re hiring” pulls up to a stop and opens its doors

01:12

Well I would tell potential candidates that it would be a great opportunity. You are very well supported and very well taken care of.

A bus pulls away from a garage. A bus operator smiles at the camera.

01:22

My name is Kay and I’ve been a bus operator for eight years.

A bus operator speaks to the camera. Four bus operators stand together smiling. Text appears on screen “For more driver stories: octranspo.com/jobs”

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Text appears “Come drive with us” “Stephanie’s story”

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Here at OC Transpo it’s really great to see that there is other advantages to joining as a bus operator. You can move into our diesel rail or our electric rail as well.

A bus operator speaks to the camera. A group of operators laugh together

00:19

OC Transpo is diversified and inclusive with all its employees. For us, safety is our main priority and we always inspect our buses to ensure a safe and comfortable ride for all our passengers.

A bus operator drives a bus. An operator looks at printed material in their docket. A bus pulls up to the camera.

00:34

For me it’s a huge responsibility to help people out and ensure that they’re getting to their day to day activities.

A bus operator waves from inside the bus. A bus operator speaks to the camera

00:42

At the peak of our pandemic we had a lot of shelters closing and during inclement weather there was a lot of scenarios where we had to help customers find shelter or seek a safe space for them just to be warm and safe. And fortunately sometimes we became their sole option for shelter. I felt like even us just providing that one round trip for somebody who required that heat, it was really important in their days.

A bus driver drives a bus. A bus ramp folds down on the sidewalk. A bus pulls away from a garage. Passengers get of a bus at a bus stop.

1:14

I thought that I would only be doing this for a short period of time but I ended up loving the job so much that I ended up staying.

A bus displaying “We’re hiring” pulls up to a bus stop and opens its doors.  A bus operator speaks to the camera.

1:22

My name is Stephanie and I’ve been a bus operator for five years.

A bus operator speaks to the camera. Four bus operators stand together smiling. Text appears on screen “For more driver stories: octranspo.com/jobs”

Other Positions

If you are interested in applying for other position at OC Transpo, browse through the City of Ottawa’s current job postings, which includes job openings in the Transit Services Department.