Safety & Education

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CAN-Bike Courses

CAN-BIKE is the only accredited course of its kind. Courses are taught exclusively by instructors certified by the CAN-BIKE program. 

Instructors are knowledgeable about the Highway Traffic Act and teach cycling skills such as anticipating traffic dynamics, recognizing road hazards, and collision-avoidance techniques. 

Our most advanced course, CAN-BIKE 2, is required training for many people who cycle on the job. In fact, all Toronto Police bicycle patrol officers are required to take CAN-BIKE 2.

Please use the Toronto Parks Online Registration System to register for any CAN-Bike courses you would like to take.  You can read about course details including riding level, equipment you will need, and skills you will learn on this webpage.

 

If you are required to ride your bike to perform work duties then your employer is responsible for providing the appropriate safety training. CAN-BIKE is the only recognized safe cycling course that fills this requirement. 

It is our understanding that since the Criminal Code was amended with Bill C-45 organizations are legally responsible for providing appropriate training for their employees and/or representatives.

Your employer is responsible for providing the basic training to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to do your job safely. If you are required to ride a bike to perform work duties, then your employer is responsible for providing you with the appropriate training to ride safely. CAN-BIKE is the only nationally recognized safe cycling program in Canada that can provide the certification to fulfill this basic requirement. CAN-BIKE 2 is the 18 hour on-road/in-class course that best prepares a person for jobs that involve cycling.

If you and other employees, volunteers or representatives from an organization need CAN-BIKE 2 training, there are several ways to get it.

1. Enroll in a public CAN-BIKE 2 course.

  • CAN-BIKE 2 is an 18 hour course taught over three or four days usually on weekends and/or weekday evenings.
  • Students must have their own bike and helmet and must have experience riding on arterial roads.
  • Course listings can be found in the Parks and Recreation Toronto Fun Guides under the Sports section in all four guides. A full schedule is also available on the CAN-BIKE home page
  • The fee for this course is $106 for Toronto residents and $141 for non-residents.
  • Registration is handled through Parks and Recreation. Please refer to the Toronto Fun Guide website or call 416-338-4386 for instructions.

2. Identify someone within your company or organization to become a CAN-BIKE instructor and then provide in-house instruction for your staff/volunteers.

The company or organization must be able to provide insurance for the instructor and appropriate training facilities.

Read all about the certification process here. See also how you can become the official CAN-BIKE instructor for your organization! 

Qualifications

To become CAN-BIKE Instructor in Toronto you need:

  • Current Standard First Aid certificate
  • First Alert Training (provided by Parks and Recreation)
  • Must have own bicycle that complies with the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and approved helmet

CAN-BIKE 2 Certification

  • Completed at a high level of proficiency - 80% written - 90% practical
  • Must be recommended by the Instructor
  • Demonstrates attributes of a good instructor: good organizational, people and leadership skills.

Completion of CAN-BIKE Instructor Workshop

  • Completed at a high level of proficiency - 80% written - 90% practical
  • Must be recommended by the National Examiner
  • Contact the Ontario Cycling Association for schedule and details

Ontario Cycling Association CAN-BIKE Instructor membership ($40).  After successful completion of the Instructor Workshop, instructors must contact Brandon Arnold at the Ontario Cycling Association or 416-426-7401 and make arrangements to receive the appropriate CAN-BIKE handouts and forms for courses they teach

If the instructor wants to use his or her instructor credentials to teach public courses for the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation department, the City of Toronto hiring process must be followed, including a police background check and NEO training (a one-day training program required for all Parks and Recreation staff provided by the City of Toronto. Instructors are paid for this day). For details on the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation hiring process, please visit Hiring Now.

 

Responsibilities
Teach the following courses:

  • Kids CAN-BIKE
  • Adult Learn To Ride 1
  • Adult Learn To Ride 2
  • CAN-BIKE 1
  • CAN-BIKE 2
  • Cycling Freedom for Women

After successful completion of the Instructor Workshop, instructors must contact Brandon Arnold at the Ontario Cycling Association at racing@ontariocycling.org or 416-426-7401 and make arrangements to receive the appropriate CAN-BIKE handouts and forms for courses they teach.

The company or organization writes its own terms of employment for in-house instructors

If the instructor wants to use his or her instructor credentials to teach public courses for the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation department, the City of Toronto hiring process must be followed, including a police background check and NEO training (a one-day training program required for all Parks and Recreation staff provided by the City of Toronto. Instructors are paid for this day). For details on the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation hiring process, please visit Hiring Now.

The City of Toronto provides insurance for CAN-BIKE courses taught through Parks and Recreation

The City of Toronto provides all handouts and forms for public courses taught through Parks and Recreation

As an instructor you can also teach public courses in the spring, summer and fall months at $16.69 - $22.64/hr!
May - September, includes weekends and evening hours

For more information please review individual postings from the Parks Forestry & Recreation job site page in the "Cycling"section.  Jobs are posted seasonally, so if you do not see any CAN-Bike Instructor jobs posted, please check back on an ongoing basis.