How to Become a School Bus Driver
If you have an interest in working with children and youth, driving a school bus may be a great job for you! Approximately 18,000 school buses travel two million kilometers in Ontario every school day. Professional school bus drivers provide 300 million safe rides each school year. You could play an important role in student safety and transportation. Click here to learn more about becoming a school bus driver in Ontario.
OSBA Driver Excellence Recognition Award
If you have a complaint regarding a school bus, school bus route or a school bus driver, please contact the school board/transportation consortia and/or bus company directly in your area. Be prepared to provide the date/time of the occurrence and the name of the school bus company as it appears on the side of the bus. OSBA is always concerned about safety in the school bus industry, however, for specific day-to-day school bus operational issues, you must contact the local school board/transportation consortia or bus company directly as these types of service issues lie outside the association role and mandate of OSBA.
Back to School Information
With the back to school season around the corner, it is important to familiarize yourself with the following guidance documents that have been issued by the Ministry of Education on COVID-19, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning/sanitizing school buses. Some of the most useful links are below.
Please be advised that the Ministry will have new information sent to us in the coming days/weeks and please check back regularly to find out the latest. Parents are being surveyed in the coming week to determine transportation needs this fall and once those surveys are completed then additional information will be provided on protocols on cleaning, masking, contact tracing and more.
School Bus Ontario encourages you to read through the following links:
- Guide to Re-Opening Ontario Schools – Transportation Information https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-reopening-ontarios-schools#section-9
- Ontario Announcement on the Safe Re-Opening of Schools https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/07/ontario-releases-plan-for-safe-reopening-of-schools-in-september
- Public Services Health and Safety Association of Student Transportation Services guidance https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-student-transportation-employer
- School Bus Ontario Recommendations for Back to School Office Re-Start Recommendations - click here
- School Bus Ontario Applauds Renewal of Driver Retention Program and $25 Million for Route Protection - click here to view the news release
A full compiled list can be viewed here.
WELCOME TO OSBA
The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy, education and legislative consultation services to the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer/distributor companies across Ontario for over 60 years. We encourage related organizations to become members of OSBA, committed to professionally and reliably serving the needs of student transportation in Ontario. For any specific matters related to school bus routes, bus stops, etc., please contact your local school board/transportation consortia or bus company as these types of service issues lie outside the role and mandate of OSBA. Become a member company!
Year in Review - OSBA's Top Accomplishments
NEW – School Bus Rider Safety Training Program
New Vision for Student Transportation
Student Transportation Competitive Procurement Review Report
Ontario Ombudsman Report
OSBA On-Line Criminal Background Check Service For Class B and E Licences
The Ontario School Bus Association extends much appreciation to Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce for his time to meet OSBA representatives (left to right): Nick McRae (OSBA Vice President), Minister Stephen Lecce, Chris Harwood (OSBA President) and Michele O’Bright (OSBA Association Director).
A sincere thank you to Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney, for her time and effort to meet and speak with Ontario School Bus Association representatives (left to right): Alex Bugeya (OSBA Safety and Legislation Consultant), Minister Caroline Mulroney, Michele O’Bright (OSBA Association Director) and Nick McRae (OSBA Vice President).