How to Start a Driving School Business in Canada


Starting a driving school business in Canada can be rewarding and profitable. With proper planning and execution, a driving school can be a successful business.

One of the first things you'll need to do before starting the business is to familiarize yourself with the driving test process in Canada. The Driving Test Canada assesses the knowledge of road laws, road signs, and control over the vehicle in mainly two stages. The G1 Practice test covers the rules of the road and traffic signs. Once one passes it, he/she can begin practicing driving with a supervising driver. The G2 test is a practical test that assesses advanced driving skills and the ability to operate a vehicle safely. Let's go over the other things you need to be aware of to start a driving school business in Canada.


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People who are considering opening their driving schools should get ready to teach both driving techniques as well as manage a small company. The statutes and guidelines of your jurisdiction, the norms of the street, and the optimal commercial practices in your province all apply to these two specific skills. There will be different laws in each state or province.

Understanding local criteria is vital, but getting a license is only one component of the overall strategy. The prerequisites for getting a license will differ from province to province.



Different states and provinces have different regulations regarding driving schools. Here is a broad checklist of prerequisites you must meet to begin your driving school.

The location of the premises is the first prerequisite. To operate, you must have a designated office area. Whether it's a driving school or a company in general, the majority of states will require some of these things:

  • A place where members of the public may transfer funds and schedule appointments.
  • A room that is big enough to do regular business in.
  • Beautiful and decent signage.
  • Suitable premises permission from the DMV in your state.
  • A classroom with adequate size to meet state criteria (in case you are planning on offering theory instruction).
  • At least one qualified driving teacher is required for a driving school.

If you offer classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, your classroom must meet all State and Provincial regulations. You need to give enough room, warmth, and lighting, and many locations need a minimum standard.

Additionally, you'll need a car or group of vehicles to deliver the behind-the-wheel driving instruction that your clients want and your state mandates. You'll likely register any car you own with your state.

Each automobile must have a minimum of one indicator identifying the operator as a Student Driver; other motorists must be aware of the operator's incompetence and follow the necessary precautions to be safe. Your province may govern the scale of the characters on the sign. The driving teacher has to be capable of taking control of the vehicle if necessary. Hence all automobiles should have double brakes and rear-view mirrors for the passenger.

You could engage both additional driving instructors and administrative assistants. You will have to adhere to all workplace injury coverage rules and other State/Provincial regulations regarding workers since many states and provinces will demand that you provide data on a portion or all of your workers.

Starting a business is not easy, but with some guidance, it can be easy. The requirements listed above are a must-have, so before you start running your business, make sure you can fulfill all the requirements.