Frequently asked questions

Is your driving school approved by the MTO (Ministry of Transportation of Ontario)?

Yes we are. Students have to pick up their certificates from any Service Ontario office. Please contact the Canada Safe Driving School to make sure the certificate is processed and is ready for pick up at the Service Ontario.

Are all driving schools MTO approved?

No, we would like to warn you that not all schools are MTO approved. Be aware of schools that say they are ministry approved but actually aren’t; you will not get an insurance discount because they can’t certify you with the MTO. You can check for a school’s certification on this link: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/gradu/approve.shtml

What services do you offer?

We offer private lessons that are in-car only, and full courses that include a minimum of 20 hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of in-car training. Our services are specific to each student’s driving ability and knowledge of Ontario’s Traffic law.

Can I join a driving course without my G1?

Yes, in fact, it is a great idea to take a driving course before writing your G1 test. MTO approved courses cover almost all the topics that you will be tested on when you take your G1 test.

Do I have to finish my classes before I get in-car sessions?

Our instructors will pick you up from your home or school and drop you back there after the lesson is completed. If you have a preferred alternate location, speak to your instructor about it and they may be able to work something out. If you wish to be picked up or dropped off out of the city boundaries there will be a $20.00 surcharge.

What is MTO certification and how will it affect my insurance?

After completing an MTO approved Beginner Driver Education course, you will be certified with the MTO. This means that you can pick up a document known as a Driver License History from any Ontario Service Centre and take it to an insurance company as proof that you have completed an MTO approved BDE course, making you eligible for a potential discount on your auto insurance.

How much discount will I get on my insurance with the certificate?

Upon completion of the program, the student is required to get Ontario Driver History from Service Ontario. This document is widely recognized by insurance companies as a proof of BDE program. Your age, gender, type of car and postal code of address you live in determine your insurance.

Who books my road test?

Either the school can book the road test for you or you have the option of booking it yourself. The road test can be booked online or by calling 1-888-570-6110.

Where will I get picked up for my in-car lessons?

Our instructors will pick you up from your home school and drop you back there after the lesson is completed. If you have a preferred alternate location, speak to your instructor about it and they may be able to work something out.  If you wish to be picked up or dropped off out of the city boundaries there will be a $20.00 surcharge.

What is the benefit of completing the Beginner Driver Education course?

Completing the Beginner Drivers Education course with us allows you to go for your road test in 8 months from the time you passed your G1 test as opposed to waiting one full year.

What if I need more than 10 hours of in-car lessons?

Our instructors attempt to schedule the lessons in such a way that allows you to learn all the necessary skills within the first 6 lessons. This allows the last 4 lessons to be used for review and practice. If you, however, still require more lessons after that, you can schedule more lessons with your instructor.  More than 10 lessons are considered private lessons and will cost extra.

Do I have to complete my G1 in order to attend your program?

No. You are allowed to enroll into our course prior to completing your G1. Our in-class sessions may actually assist with the review of the G1 test.

Ontario law states that you must have a G1 license before you can take in-car lessons.

Can I use the instructor's car for the road test?

You can use the instructor’s car for the road test, however, there is an additional fee for this. Please visit our packages and pricing page for more information.

I already know how to drive, can I buy a certificate from you?

No. The certification is not for sale. You must complete the 40 hours of beginner driver education training and pass our internal written and road examinations before you can obtain certification. The Ministry of Transportation also stipulates that both the classroom and in-car portions be delivered by the same approved driving school.

I already have my G1. Do I need the classroom?

Almost everyone attending our Beginner Driver Education program already has a G1, and for those who don’t they must get it before they can start their in-car training. The 20 hours of classroom sessions are not about teaching you how to pass the Ontario written test. We spend a lot of time discussing scenarios that may impact you in day-to-day driving and we use different teaching materials to make it easy to remember. If you just want driving lessons, but don’t have the knowledge, you will end up spending a lot more hours behind the wheel.

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Our driving instructors

Your driving learning depends on the skills of our driving instructors.

Our instructors are fully licensed and must pass our strict set of guidelines so you should receive proper driving education that keeps you safe and confident on the road.

Canada Safe Drivers -Waterloo

(519) 998-0051
496 Albert Street, Waterloo, ON N2L 6J8
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm