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 for almost 60 years.
October 25, 2013 - Issue 19

New Look for OSBA Newsletter

 As part of OSBA’s transition and “moving forward” agenda – the OSBA newsletter has undergone some construction and redesign....and will continue to evolve.  We are hoping that members will find this new format a lot quicker and easier to review industry news and information.  We would sincerely appreciate receiving your opinions and suggestions.  A majority of on-line newsletters are done in this set-up and have moved away from the hazards of a PDF attachment format.  We are also hoping that this more streamlined presentation will lend itself to valuable exposure opportunities through advertisements.  If you are interested in placing an ad, please contact Megan at  Your feedback is very important – please send us your comments and ideas on how this newsletter could be improved for format and content –

Upcoming Events

P.R.I.D.E. Program
Jan. 12-17, 2014

Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE)
Apr. 13-16, 2014

OSBA on Breakfast Television (City TV)

Check out the following link to see OSBA’s Vice President Les Cross of Stock Transportation communicating a very important message of thanks to all school bus drivers in the province and across Canada.  Last week was School Bus Safety week in Ontario and Wed. Oct. 23rd was “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day”.  OSBA bus operator owners and school board/transportation consortia managers across the province recognize the extraordinary efforts, skills and contributions provided by school bus drivers on a daily basis.  It is no easy feat to carry over 800,000 children safely, reliably and on-time to school each and every day.  As front line ambassadors dealing with an incredible array of issues, OSBA extends a sincere and heartfelt congratulations and thank you to all drivers for their monumental contributions to the school bus industry.  Without the professionalism and willingness of school bus drivers everywhere, there would be no school bus service.  If you have a special story about a driver in your area or organization, please don’t hesitate to send it along to OSBA –



2nd OSBA Educational Webinar

SAVE THE DATE – December 5, 2013 for another 45 minute webinar with Dave Carroll, OSBA Safety and Legislative Consultant.  Once again, you’ll receive valuable up-to-date, technical and regulatory information that will help support your day-to-day operations.  The webinar topics will include:
1.  When to use/not use the red overhead lights – things school bus drivers may forget or may not know.
2.  The 8 lamp (amber-red) warning light system versus the 4 lamp (all red) warning light system and Ontario’s eventual changeover to the eight-lamp system.
3.  Fire extinguishers on school buses (CSA D250 and HTA requirements).
4.  “Code W” Brand on driver licences – what bus operators need to know.  
SIGN UP IS REQUIRED in advance in order to connect to the webinar.  A special invitation email will be sent to all OSBA members soon.  Once you receive this email, sign up via the registration link.  Once you are registered, an automatic confirmation email will be sent to you with webinar connection details.  Exposure opportunities available for supplier members – please call or email Michele O’Bright at or 416.695.9965 Ext 3.

P.R.I.D.E. Program Filling Up

With all the changes coming down the pipe with the Ministry of Transportation Driver Certification Program (DCP), be sure that your trainers are in tip top shape with their training and facilitation skills.  2014 P.R.I.D.E Program dates are below – so mark your calendar now!  There’s only a few spots left in the January 12-17 program.  The other popular dates are March break and July so you may wish to send in your registration form now.
  • January 12-17
  • March 9-14 (March break)
  • May 4-9
  • July 6-11
  • July 20-25
  • October 19-24
For the P.R.I.D.E. Program brochure/registration form, click on the following link:
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Tel. 416.695.9965
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