Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffers

Occupation:Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

Taxi and limousine drivers drive automobiles and limousines to transport passengers. Chauffeurs drive automobiles and limousines to transport personnel and visitors of businesses, government or other organizations or members of private households. All drivers are required to keep records and report delays and mechanical problems. Taxi and limousine drivers are employed by taxi and other transportation service companies, or they may be self-employed. Chauffeurs are employed by businesses, government and other organizations, or private individuals or families.

Job duties:
Taxi and limousine drivers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Pick up passengers and drive them to destinations in taxicabs or limousines.
  • Help passengers with luggage and with boarding and exiting vehicles and assist passengers with special needs.
  • Collect flat-rate or taximeter fares.
  • Maintain travel logs and record cash and credit transactions.
  • Maintain contact with taxi dispatch unit.
  • Clean and make minor repairs to vehicle or take vehicle for servicing.
  • May provide pick-up and delivery services on request.
Chauffeurs perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Pick up or meet employer according to request, appointment or schedule.
  • Drive employer to destinations in automobile or limousine.
  • Perform business and personal errands for employer such as delivering and picking up mail, business documents and parcels.
  • Clean and make minor repairs to vehicle or take vehicle for servicing.
Sample job titles:
  • airport limousine driver
  • chauffeur
  • funeral driver
  • limousine driver
  • taxi driver

To work in these jobs, you should enjoy driving and be able to function under minimal supervision. You must be alert, responsible, and self-motivated. An awareness of safety is important. You must also get along well with people, as drivers often deal directly with customers. For some jobs, you should be willing to drive long distances and for extended periods of time.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • A minimum of one year of safe driving experience is usually required.
  • A Class 4 driver's licence is required in Nova Scotia.
  • Taxi and limousine drivers require good knowledge of the geographical area to be covered and may have to pass written street/building location and safety examinations.
  • Taxi drivers usually require a municipal permit.
  • First aid certification may be required.
Other considerations:

Mobility from taxi or limousine driver to chauffeur is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 41% of Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $12,226. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffers1,400decline70Moderate
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $13.63
Maximum: $25.00
Minimum: $541
Median: $10,374
Maximum: $31,386
Occupations in Trades and Transportation57,925Decline slightly3,400High
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $20.35
Maximum: $34.00
Minimum: $7,580
Median: $37,269
Maximum: $79,787
Taxi and Limousine Drivers and ChauffersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time71%89%
Percent self-employed33%13%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentTaxi and Limousine Drivers and ChauffersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton9%$15,17213%$32,974
Annapolis Valley9%$14,65513%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeTaxi and Limousine Drivers and ChauffersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5747
GenderTaxi and Limousine Drivers and ChauffersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
EducationTaxi and Limousine Drivers and ChauffersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school23.3%$25,27318.2%$25,753
High school32.4%$28,22925.5%$28,089
Trades certificate10.9%$27,19729.4%$40,890
College certificate or diploma18.2%$27,85022.6%$39,023
University certificate or diploma2.2%$26,9241.0%$35,969
Bachelor's degree9.8%$35,1252.7%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diploma0.7%x0.2%$41,705
Master's degree0.7%x0.3%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.0%$3,714
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

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Useful contacts:
Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 2734
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
Tel: (800) 670-4357
Fax: (902) 424-0720

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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