Policy Advisor

Ministry of Transportation, Toronto, ON

Closing Date June 8, 2023 Location Toronto, ON Work Type 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months. 2 Permanent positions.
Salary Range $66,484 - $92,950 Per Year Experience Level  - Job ID 199436
Job Description


The Ministry of Transportation is seeking dynamic individuals to undertake policy analysis and research related to the development and implementation of policies, and delivery of programs to support high-profile transportation initiatives, including oversight of transportation agencies such as Metrolinx and the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. Consider this exciting opportunity to join a team of dedicated policy professionals in the Metrolinx and Agencies Oversight Branch!

The Ministry

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) strives to be a world leader in moving people and goods safely, efficiently and sustainably, to support a globally competitive economy and a high quality of life. MTO focuses its efforts on five key strategies:

1. Increase transit ridership by working with our partners to make transit an attractive, affordable alternative by expanding services and promoting integration.
2. Promote a multimodal transportation network to support the efficient movement of people and goods.
3. Promote road safety and remain among the safest jurisdictions in North America by improving safety and security for all road users through enforcement, education, legislation and regulation.
4. Improve Ontario's highway, bridge and border infrastructure through strategic investments.
5. Integrate the principle of sustainability into the ministry's decision-making, programs, policies and operations by implementing the ministry's sustainability strategy and continuing to build awareness.

The Branch

The Metrolinx and Agencies Oversight Branch builds and maintains strong relationships, provides oversight of agency governance, and ensures compliance of Metrolinx and other government agencies that deliver transportation services. The branch monitors and ensures that agency activities and governance align with government priorities and objectives, and serves as a ministry resource for advice on agency relations.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

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We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code < http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/ontario-human-rights-code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

As a Policy Advisor, you will:

• Undertake research on transportation and agency oversight issues
• Participate in the development of policy/program recommendations
• Conduct environmental scans and trends analysis as well as quantitative and qualitative research to support the policy and program development processes
• Draft policy research papers and briefing documents on a range of policy topics and issues
• Consult and collaborate with stakeholders to exchange information and consult on policy options and solutions
• Provide support to intra-ministerial working groups

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Research, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

You have:
• Knowledge of research, data gathering and statistical analysis methods to develop study designs and procedural methods, and evaluate results
• Ability to determine data sources and appropriate analytical techniques, and assess implications of findings

Specialized Knowledge

You have:
• Knowledge and awareness of provincial and ministry strategic directions, processes and key objectives pertaining to the transportation sector and program area
• Ability to acquire and apply knowledge of relevant legislation, models, principles, marketplace, economics, funding, governance, and critical issues impacting the transportation sector

Consultation and Interpersonal Skills

You can:
• Consult and liaise with a wide variety of internal and external contacts
• Build and maintain effective working relationships and develop stakeholder partnerships
• Provide advice to program management

Project Management and Planning Skills

You have:
• Strong planning skills to implement complex projects with multiple stakeholders
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Communication Skills

You have:
• Presentation skills to effectively communicate information and proposals to a variety of contacts and stakeholders in a clear and concise manner
• Demonstrated written communication skills to prepare complex analytical reports

Salary Range: $66,484 - $92,950 Per Year

Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 777 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region
  • 2 Permanent, 777 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region


  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

How to Apply

Please apply online, only, at www.ontario.ca/careers, quoting Job ID 199436, by Thursday, June 8, 2023. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/ContactUs.aspx to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.