Driver Training Markham
The Taxi Academy is located at 80 Acadia Avenue, Suite 200 in Canadian Business Skills College near the intersection of Warden and Steeles Ave. East. There is a bus stop close by and there is free parking to the rear of the property.
All new taxi drivers must take a mandatory four day course. The four courses include:
- Communication Essentials
- Conflict Management, Safety, Decision Making, By-laws, & Taxi Operations
- Customers with Special Needs
- Map Reading/Routing
As a mandatory precondition prior to registration all applicants must either successfully complete an English Language test or present an OSSD or certificate, diploma or transcript that indicates acceptance in any post-secondary school in Canada. A Benchmark 5 for reading and listening is the minimum requirement for English comprehension.
New Taxi drivers may complete an English language test at the College at a cost of $30.00 to verify English language competency.
New drivers must register in person to present language credentials and to pick up pre-reading materials for the course. New driver students must attain a score of at least 75% on their first attempt at the exam and 85% on any subsequent test attempt.
In addition to successfully completing the course and exam new taxi drivers must submit to the City of Markham licensing:
- A driver’s abstract from Service Ontario
- A criminal clearance report from York Region Police Service
- An employment letter from a Markham taxi brokerage
- Proof of employment eligibility
- Medical Clearance
New drivers should not acquire these documents until after successful completion of the course as they are all time sensitive to a maximum of 36 days from issue.
The cost of the course is $500.00 plus a text book charge of $50.00. Courses are offered bi-monthly and require a minimum of 5 students. Classes may be rescheduled or cancelled based on number of students.
Currently Licensed Taxi Drivers in Markham
Drivers who are already licensed are required to attend mandatory one day refresher courses every year. This training is offered in both weekday and weekend formats to limit operational impact on the taxi drivers.
The cost of the course is $135 and the classes are approximately 6 hours long. Classes are held either at the City of Markham or at Canadian Business Skills College. Drivers should book their course dates well ahead of their license renewal to guarantee space availability.
Drivers who require previous refresher classes, that are no longer offered, will be required to take a customized class with some one on one instruction at a cost of $200.
Drivers can book online with a credit card at www.taxiacademy.ca or by phone with a credit card at 905-477-6667. Office hours are 9-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
In 2015/2016, the refresher course is “Functional Accessibility and AODA Update”.