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Crossing Guard Recruitment

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We employ around 40 school crossing guards each school year from September to June. They work diligently every school day, wearing reflective vests and using stop sign paddles to ensure elementary school-aged children safely cross the road. Their presence also reminds drivers they are driving on routes frequently used by students on their way to school. 

We employ two types of school crossing guards:

  1. Regular school crossing guards work daily during the school year. Guards can change locations based on seniority and are paid for holidays, PA days, and the winter break. After three years, they can also be paid for the March break.
  2. Relief school crossing guards work casually to cover shifts when regular guards are absent. 

What we offer

In addition to getting involved in your community and helping to keep kids safe while they go to and from school, there are many benefits to becoming a crossing guard.

Some benefits include:

  • Being a part of a union. School crossing guards are members of CUPE 109.
  • Short shifts. Shift lengths vary from 35 to 90 minutes depending on the location, typically early morning and afternoon.
  • Great pay. School crossing guards are paid for 3.5 hours per day for the completion of the assigned shifts. On top of the hourly rate, school crossing guards receive an additional 13 per cent in lieu of benefits. 
  • Outerwear allowance. In January of each year, school crossing guards receive a generous clothing / boot allowance to put towards new outerwear.
  • Summers off. School crossing guards get summers off to relax when schools are closed in July and August.

School crossing locations

We currently provide school crossing guards at 33 locations near elementary schools within the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

School crossings are staffed for at least 35 minutes during arrival and dismissal times. Some may also have guards during lunch breaks. Services can be interrupted due to bad weather or unexpected events. Learn more about school area safety.

School crossing guard locations and shift times are assessed based on several factors, including:

  • The number of students crossing.
  • The frequency of safe gaps in traffic.
  • The number of vehicles travelling through the crossing.
  • Additional factors may also be considered at a given location.

  • Barrie Street and Clergy Street 
  • Barrie Street and Johnson Street 
  • Bayridge Drive south of Taylor Kidd Boulevard 
  • Birchwood Drive and Brackenwood Crescent 
  • Cataraqui Woods Drive and Cedarwood Drive 
  • Cataraqui Woods Drive and Holden Street (west leg of roundabout)
  • Cataraqui Woods Drive at Woodhaven Drive (south leg of roundabout)
  • Cataraqui Woods Drive east of Larchwood Crescent 
  • Development Drive and Truedell Road 
  • Elliott Avenue and Lyons Street 
  • Front Road and Lakeview Avenue 
  • Henderson Boulevard east of Ashley Crescent
  • Holden Street and Tulip Drive
  • Hudson Drive (across from 1066 Hudson Dr.) 
  • Johnson Street and MacDonnell Street 
  • Johnson Street between Mowat Avenue and Yonge Street 
  • Kirkpatrick Street and Lyons Street 
  • Lancaster Drive and Limestone Drive 
  • McMahon Avenue and Westmoreland Road
  • Montreal Street and MacCauley Street 
  • Norman Rogers Drive (across from 120 Norman Rogers Dr.) 
  • Norman Rogers Drive south of Mulcaster Street 
  • Ordnance Street and Sydenham Street 
  • Queen Mary Road and Robert Wallace Drive 
  • Rose Abbey Drive and St. Martha Street
  • St. Martha Street and Jasmine Street
  • Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Milford Drive 
  • Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Pembridge Crescent 
  • Union Street and MacDonnell Street 
  • Waterloo Drive and Grandtrunk Avenue 
  • Welborne Avenue just south of Everitt Avenue 
  • Weller Avenue and Wiley Street
  • Wiley Street and Drennan Street

Legal authority 

School crossing guards have legal authority under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and are legally permitted to stop traffic by raising their stop sign paddle. Drivers who do not follow the stopping requirements may receive a substantial fine and four demerit points.

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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