About 6 months ago, I drove the lady who was head of logistics for the company that has the contract for these Amazon deliveries in the GTA. It's called Tforce Final Mile, I believe.
It was a long drive, North York to Brampton. She was cool, and we talked extensively about the company. She told me they were hiring, and gave me her number and said she would probably be able to hook something up.
So a few weeks or a month later, I called and arranged an interview.
I drove to the headquarters out in Mississauga. The lady who interviewed me was the hiring manager. Different from the lady I drove, who was head of logistics. She talked up a storm. Said their top guys are doing 1000 deliveries per week at around $3.50 per delivery. In the time since I had spoken to Ronda (the lady I drove), however, their contract with Amazon to do small packages had changed, and they were now only hiring for medium-size packages.
So this meant that they were no longer hiring drivers with personal cars. In order to work for them, you need a sprinter van and commercial courrier insurance. She gave me a number to call.
When I called the insurance provider, he told me that they were having problems with drivers who had bought or leased/rented used sprinters, and were finding that the financial pressure of the insurance cost was weighing heavily on their earnings. Many of the drivers were looking to quit!
I realized I'd be out close to $5k before making a single $3.50 delivery.
So to make a long story short, they've basically copied the "independent contractor" business model from Uber. But they don't turn a blind eye regarding commercial insurance the way Uber does with Eats.
So after doing the research I concluded that this was not a wise career move at best, and a total scam at worst.
$800/month for insurance + gas for a huge van + deadheading back to the HQ after delivering 100 packages to go pick up more, + commuting to 'Sauga (I live basically at 404 and 407)= ALOT of hustling @ 3.50 per delivery....