Crossing Guard Program

The Town of Caledon’s School Crossing Guard Program is a service provided to the community to ensure the safe crossing of students & pedestrians across Caledon roadways.

The Town of Caledon’s School Crossing Guard program employs over 50 crossing guards and has 26 crossing locations throughout the town. Crossing guards are residents who are dedicated individuals who work in all weather conditions ensuring the safety of our children as they journey to and from school for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCSB) and the Peel District School Board (PDSB).

The Caledon School Crossing Guard Program is guided by the Ontario Traffic Council & The Ministry of Transportation, to promote transportation safety in Ontario by offering technical guidance and best practices on school crossing guards for the best interests of the public and students. This includes training, equipment, education, and technical approaches to determine whether a school crossing guard should be provided at a specific location.

Crossing Guard Location Map

The Role of a Crossing Guard

To direct and supervise the movement of persons (as defined in the HTA) across a highway (the HTA term for any public road) by creating necessary gaps in vehicular traffic to provide safe passage at a designated school crossing locations.

  • Crossing guards ensure the safe movement of children in our community.
  • Crossing guards also balance traffic and pedestrian flow with a focus on children’s safety.
  • Crossing guards exercise sound judgement and effective communications to crosswalk users regarding safe crossing practices.
Definition of a School Crossing

A school crossing is a location supervised by a school crossing guard that has been recommended through a combination of a site inspection and a warrant evaluation process. These designated school crossings are identified by pavement markings and signage as described in the Ontario Traffic Manual Books 6 and 11.

Types of crossing facilities:

  • Signalized intersections
  • All-way stop controlled intersections
  • Minor street stop-controlled intersections
  • Intersection and midblock pedestrian signals
  • pedestrian’s crossovers (intersection and midblock)
  • Midblock locations
  • and roundabouts

Legislative Authority: The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) sets out the rules of the road in Ontario, including the operation of school crossings and school crossing guards. As of Jan. 1, 2016, all vehicles and cyclists are required by the to stop and wait until children and crossing guards have cleared the entire roadway at school crossings before proceeding.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Week – June 3 - 7, 2024 - School Drawing Contest

The Town of Caledon encourages residents to show their support and appreciation for their neighborhood crossing guards during Crossing Guard Appreciation Week.

See link below for promotional materials for the Ontario Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, June 3-7 that are available for you to use to thank a crossing guard. These include thank you cards and posters. There are English and French versions available. 

Ontario Traffic Council - Promotional Materials

Community School Zones & Safety Tips

As per the Highway Traffic Act Community Safety Zones are designated by municipal by-law and allows for an increase in penalties for traffic violations. This will influence motorists’ behavior to improve safety for all road users. Fines are doubled in the CSZ.

Safety Tips for Drivers
  • Be patient, be alert and avoid all distractions. Using a cell phone while driving is against the law and carries heavy fines and driver penalties.
  • Drive slowly through designated community school zones, residential area, or any area where children could be walking.
  • Obey speed limits, no stopping & no parking signs, never stop driving or let kids out of the car in a no stopping zone.
  • Don’t park near or on a crosswalk.
  • Look both ways for pedestrians especially when turning.

Drivers are reminded to take caution in school zones, obey the speed limits, stop at markings of the crossings and be patient and ensure all pedestrians have excited the roadway before starting to drive.

Safety Tips for Students
  • Wear bright clothes and\or reflective gear especially at night and in poor weather.
  • Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk away from the road, so you’re further away from traffic.
  • No sidewalk, Walk facing oncoming traffic so you can see approaching vehicle’s and make eye contact with drivers.
  • Cross only at marked crosswalks, signalized traffic stops or traffic lights.
  • Don’t cut through parked cars. Avoid shortcuts through parking lots or around parked cars where it’s harder for drivers to see you.
Safety Tips for Parents
  • Review safety practices throughout the school year.
  • Remind children to stop at the edge of the sidewalk before stepping onto the road and to look both ways.
  • Advise children to listen to the crossing guard’s directions when approaching an intersection.
  • Around school property, instruct children to never run or walk between parked cars.
  • Be a role model for your children, practice road safety together.

Make a difference in the community and apply to be a Caledon School Crossing Guard

Find out more details on the position and apply today!

Help keep our students and crosswalks safe - We need people like you!

Caledon School Crossing Guards enjoy many benefits of being a school crossing guard:

  • Regular, part-time hours
  • Work 30 minutes get minimum 1 hour paid
  • Early morning and afternoon work
  • Summer & weekends off
  • All P.A. Days & School Holidays paid
  • Independent work environment
  • Personal Protective Equipment supplied
  • Employee membership discount at fitness centres
  • School closures due to inclement weather are paid
  • 12 hours sick time paid per school year
  • Community engagement

Crossing Guards are hired, trained and report to the Municipality. Hourly pay rates from $18.00/hour - $22.00/hour.

Crossing Guard helping parents and students cross the road.