The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy and education services for the owners of school bus fleets across Ontario.  October 7, 2014 - Issue 17

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Inside this Edition:
  • Independent Review of Competitive Procurement Process
  • MTO Curriculum Development Workshops for Recognized Authorities
  • Upcoming OSBA Webinar
  • Upcoming Events
  • Stay Connected and Informed With OSBA
Independent Review of Competitive Procurement Process
Further to correspondence sent to all members on Oct. 7th, the Minister of Education Liz Sandals indicated that a competitive procurement review will begin in October 2014 with expected completion by December 2014.

This review will be chaired by Mr. Colin Campbell, retired Justice of the Ontario Superior Court.  He will have the responsibility of overseeing the review process and the work of the Expert Panel.  The two members of the Expert Panel are Leo Gotlieb and Paul Emanuelli.  Both members are public procurement experts who had provided support to the Student Transportation Competitive Procurement Task Force in 2011.

During the review, the Expert Panel will consult with stakeholders in the student transportation sector, including but not limited to: school bus operator associations, school bus operators with no affiliations, school board business officials, procurement managers, transportation consortia managers, and other groups or individuals as may be determined by the review team.

The review will have two intended purposes:
  1. A review of current competitive procurement practices and student transportation Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that have been issued since December 31, 2011, to identify best business practices and opportunities for improvement in competitive procurement of student transportation in Ontario
  2. To explore options other than RFPs for competitive procurement of student transportation that are in compliance with the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive (BPSPD) for the consideration of the school board sector in Ontario.
Your thoughts, comments and questions are always welcome at
MTO Curriculum Development Workshops for Recognized Authorities
As previously reported in OSBA News,  MTO is conducting regional workshops for Recognized Authorities to help with training curriculum development to meet the new MTO DCP curriculum standards. The following sessions have been scheduled to date.

All locations - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 1 - 
City of OTTAWA
2799 Swansea Cres.

Thurs. Oct. 2 -
City of OTTAWA
2799 Swansea Cres.

Tues. Oct. 7 - 
1201 Wilson Ave.
Building A, Room 041 Training Room
Note:  Visitor parking in parking lot E. $15/day parking fees

Wed. Oct. 8 - 

Enter from either the west or east parking lots.  Follow the “Senior Sessions” signs to the board room located off the waiting room area.
Coffee shop in the lower level.

Wed. Oct. 15 - 
25 Creek Road Chatham
Park Avenue Business Centre

Wed. Oct. 22 - 
HUNTSVILLE Fire Department
1 Payne Dr, Huntsville

Tues. Oct. 28 - 
1201 Wilson Ave.
Building A, Room 041 Training Room
Note:  Visitor parking in parking lot E. $15/day parking fees
Upcoming Events
OSBA Webinar
Oct. 15
National School Safety Week
Canada Safety Council (CSC)

Oct. 17-23
P.R.I.D.E. Program

Oct. 19-24
School Bus Safety Week
Oct. 20-24
School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
Oct. 22
OSBA Webinar 
Dec. 10

Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) 
Apr. 12-15, 2015
Upcoming OSBA Webinar
Another excellent educational webinar with OSBA Safety and Legislative expert Dave Carroll is just around the corner.  If you haven’t already registered for this webinar on Oct. 15, 2014 at 10:00 am EDT, you may do so through the following link: Attendee RegistrationThe following topics will be covered:
  1. The New Driver Certification Program (DCP) – Status Update - key dates, fees, Signing Authority (SA) re-certification, audits, etc.
  2. Stop Arm Defect or Red Warning Lamp Defects
  3. ABS Trouble Light is on…Go or No-Go? (What the law says)
  4. Advertising and Other Non-Prescribed Signs/Decals on School Buses
  5. Seat Belt Release Covers
  6. Failed Diodes on LED Lamps – When is an LED lamp considered defective?
  7. School Bus Licence Plates – “S” Plates vs. “B” Plates - Operational advantages and disadvantages of each
For more information, please contact or 416.695.9965 Ext. 6.
Stay Connected and Informed With OSBA
In an effort to stay connected, informed and raise member profiles and that of OSBA as the industry’s advocate, we are asking you to participate in the following items on social media.  If you/your organization are already connected to social media – great!  If not, it’s easier than you think.  Here’s a few tips on how to connect to OSBA social media: 
  1. Login to Facebook (or create an account if you are not already on Facebook  Go to the search bar at the top, type in osba or Ontario School Bus Association.  After the various options pop up (you may have to scroll down to “See more results”), look for OSBA and then click on our name.  When the OSBA Facebook page pops up, click the “Like” button.  You will be connected to receive industry related updates/news.  You may also post your news/views on the OSBA Facebook page.
  2. Login in to Twitter (or create an account if you are not already on Twitter –  Go to the search bar at the top and type in @ontschoolbus. When the OSBA Twitter page pops up, click the “Follow” button which will add OSBA to the accounts that you follow.  OSBA updates will then show up on your Twitter “feed”.  You may also send/“tweet” us @ontschoolbus with your news/views.   
  3. Login to Instagram (or create an account by downloading the free Instagram App on your Smartphone via an App Store).  After downloading the App on your Smartphone, click on the Instagram icon.  Then click on the ‘star’ icon located at the bottom of the Instagram home page (beside the ‘house’ icon).  When the “Explore” page pops up, at the top of this page, type in “O.S.B.A” (without the period after the “A”) into the “Q Search” bar. When the OSBA Instagram page pops up, click on the OSBA name, and another page will pop up, then click on the “Follow” button.  After you begin to follow the OSBA page, our photos will show up on your Instagram feed.  Feel free to email pictures of activities in your organization to and we’ll post on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages!  Or send us your pictures from your Instagram account using @O.S.B.A
  4. Login to LinkedIn (or create an account if you are not already on LinkedIn Go to the search bar at the top of the page and type in Ontario School Bus Association.  When our LinkedIn page pops up, click the “Follow” button.  After you begin to follow our page, OSBA updates will appear on your LinkedIn home page.
Conveniently, social media has never been easier to stay connected.  All of the above social networks have their own applications, which are available on your smart phones to share information and stay connected and up-to-date at all times.

We look forward to connecting with you on social media.  If you have any questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 416-695-9965 Ext. 6.  We’d be happy to help!

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