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 companies across Ontario.  
December 19, 2018 - Issue 24

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Inside this Edition:
  1. Season’s Greetings and Sincere Best Wishes!
  2. An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
  3. OSBA Webinar (LBI - Repeat Session) - December 21, 2018
  4. UPDATE - OSBA Government Relations + Other Activities
  5. December 18, 2018 – Changes to Alcohol Impaired Driving Laws
  6. 2019 P.R.I.D.E. Program Dates Available!
  7. OSBA Needs Your Feedback - 2019 OTE
  8. Keolis Canada to Add 12 Lion Electric School Buses to Fleet
  9. New York Approves School Bus Crossing Light System
  10. Passing School Buses in PEI Can Now Cost Your License!
  11. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY – Robotics Team – Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, Toronto
  12. Order Your OSBA Publications Now!
  13. Upcoming Events
Season’s Greetings and Sincere Best Wishes!

At this busy time of year, OSBA would like to take a quick moment to extend greetings to all members, their staff and families on behalf of the Board of Directors and contractors, and to convey our sincere appreciation for your confidence, support, and loyalty throughout the past year. OSBA is very thankful for your participation in the association and we extend our very best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.
May peace, prosperity, and happiness be yours throughout the holidays and the coming year.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Although this quote wasn’t made in reference to school bus safety, it certainly does still apply. A recent report on NBC’s Today Show discussed new safety technologies, specifically Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Automatic Emergency Braking. These features are currently being installed in some school buses and will offer your bus operations that “ounce of prevention”. After all, preventing a crash in the first place is better than reducing the effects of a crash once it has happened.

As was outlined in the June 27, 2018 edition of the OSBA Newsletter, mandatory ESC is coming to newly manufactured Canadian school buses by August 1st, 2019. This is due to the new mandatory commercial vehicle safety standards which are being prescribed by Transport Canada. These new standards are being implemented in stages and the August 1, 2019 date extends the ESC requirements to all commercial vehicles (including school buses) with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) greater than 11,793 kg. Also included in the Today Show report was a demonstration of another new technology coming to heavy vehicles, including some school buses, that will automatically activate a vehicle’s brakes to prevent an imminent rear end collision. This link below takes you to the Today Show report outlining how one manufacturer is introducing these technologies into their vehicles.

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For questions/further information, members are encouraged to contact OSBA’s Safety and Legislation Team at 416.695.9965 Ext. 4 or
OSBA Webinar (LBI - Repeat Session) - December 21, 2018

Due to significant demand, OSBA will be holding a repeat webinar discussing the Limited Brake Inspection (LBI) school bus and school purpose vehicle annual inspection changes which are taking effect January 1, 2019.  NOTE: This webinar is a repeat of the LBI component discussed during the November 28, 2018 webinar. To register for this webinar, please click here.

SPEAKERS: Alex Bugeya and Robert Monster, Safety/Legislation Team and Resource to Ontario School Bus Association members. 

An excellent opportunity to learn about school bus and school purpose vehicle inspection changes due to the Limited Brake Inspection provisions. Frequently asked questions will be reviewed, and a participant question and answer period will be held following the webinar presentation. Copies of the presentation will be made available to all webinar attendees along with a one-page LBI quick reference document (presentation and quick reference document are also available in the members only area of the OSBA website). 

  • OSBA members interested in learning more about the safety topics being discussed. 
  • Individuals involved with school bus operations, maintenance, training, dispatching and other areas related to the day-to-day management of school bus safety.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  For further information, please contact OSBA's Safety and Legislation Team at or 416.695.9965 Ext. 4.
UPDATE - OSBA Government Relations + Other Activities

As the end of the year approaches, OSBA has been busy advocating on all members’ behalf to the Ford government to ensure the industry remains sustainable, students are safe and we can recruit and retain drivers to support Ontario’s education system.
Over the past few weeks and months, OSBA has met with many Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and the Minister of Education’s office to ensure OSBA Member voices are heard at Queen’s Park.

OSBA Goes to Queen’s Park
On October 25, 2018 OSBA was pleased to receive an invitation from the Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, to be welcomed in the Ontario Legislature for School Bus Safety Week.  OSBA Vice President Chris Harwood, accompanied by the 2017 OSBA Driver Excellence Recognition Award winner Pat Sanvido, were recognized in the Legislature by Ontario’s Members of Provincial Parliament.  Pat and Chris had a great day at Queen’s Park as they watched MPPs debate in Question Period and were later greeted by Minister Thompson and MPP Andrea Khanjin (Barrie-Innisfil).

OSBA Meeting with Deputy Naylor and Minister Thompson
OSBA has been invited to meet with the new Deputy Minister of Education, Nancy Naylor on December 20, 2018 to discuss important issues facing the student transportation industry. Minister Thompson’s office has also confirmed a meeting with OSBA on December 20th to discuss industry issues. OSBA also looks forward to a meeting with Minister Thompson early in the new year.  As always, members are encouraged to advise OSBA of their thoughts and issues to raise with government.
Ministry of Education Review – “Education Funding Reform”
In response to the Ford government’s recent line-by-line review of the Ontario government expenditures, the Ministry of Education recently announced a full review regarding “Education Funding Reform”.  The Ministry wants feedback from stakeholders on the following issues:
  • Efficient Price Setting
  • Outcomes-Based Funding Accountability
  • Value-for-Money
  • Other Education Funding Efficiencies
  • Other Funding Topics not outlined in the Guide
This review is important to OSBA’s members as it could include a student transportation funding formula review with the results having a lasting and significant impact on the industry. OSBA developed and delivered a submission to the Ministry on behalf of the members on December 14, 2018.
Driver Retention Program (DRP)
As members are aware, school bus drivers across the province received their DRP bonus payments subsequent to the first Payment Period (January to June 2018).  As mentioned previously, the government has committed to continuing DRP and processes are in full swing for Payment Period 2 (September to December 2018). Communications to all operators will follow in the coming days and weeks. OSBA will continue to work with the province to develop a long-term solution to driver recruitment and retention issues while respecting the province’s difficult fiscal situation and its desire to reduce the provincial deficit.
Seat Belts on School Buses
On November 14, 2018 Liberal MPP and former Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced a Private Members Bill in the Legislature:  Bill 56 - Keeping Students Safe on School Buses Act. The Act calls on the government to mandate three-point seat belts on school buses built after 2020.  MPP Wynne consulted with OSBA as part of her Bill’s development.  OSBA shared concerns regarding operational, driver responsibility and funding implications, which must form part of the conversation around mandatory seat belts on school buses. OSBA also shared our position on three-point seat belts with both the Ministers of Transportation and Education.  OSBA, along with ISBOA, are calling for the formation of a Task Force to discuss all issues related to seat belts on school buses.
8-Lamp Amber-Red School Bus Advance Signalling System
On November 20, 2018 OSBA’s Safety and Legislation consultant, Alex Bugeya attended Queen’s Park to meet with the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, MPP Kinga Surma and discuss the 8-lamp issue.  MPP Surma was surprised to learn Ontario was the only jurisdiction left in North America without the 8-lamp signalling system on school buses.  MPP Surma committed to work with OSBA on this important issue and bring it forward to the Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek for consideration.
City of Toronto Consultation on Draft Automated Vehicles Tactical Plan Proposals
The City of Toronto is developing an Automated Vehicle Tactical Plan to ensure that all the City’s “divisions and agencies are following a consistent direction with respect to Automated Vehicles (AVs) and the City’s polices, plans and strategies.”  The Tactical Plan explores broad themes on where AVs may impact the City, such as through improved safety, equity and services.  OSBA provided comment on the Tactical Plan via a survey to highlight areas where impacts to the student transportation industry need to be considered.  These include infrastructure changes, the automation of commercial transportation services and safety impacts to both vulnerable road users as well as the motoring public.
Member comments and questions are always welcome!
December 18, 2018 – Changes to Alcohol Impaired Driving Laws

The Government of Canada announced that the alcohol impaired driving provisions that formed part of Bill C-46 (amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada) came into force on December 18, 2018. This will be the 2nd component of Bill C-46 to come into effect, with the drug impaired driving provisions having come into force on June 21, 2018.

The Criminal Code of Canada alcohol impaired driving changes include:
  • The implementation of “mandatory alcohol screening”; giving law enforcement the authority to demand a breath sample during a road side stop, even when no evidence of alcohol impairment is present. Prior to the changes, a law enforcement officer must have had probable grounds to administer a breath test (i.e. smell of alcohol, slurred speech, etc.).
  • Updates to the legal framework around alcohol impaired driving including revisions to the evidentiary requirements for law enforcement and the courts, as well as revised penalties.
As outlined in previous editions of the OSBA newsletter, the provincial Highway Traffic Act changes related to alcohol and drug zero tolerance for commercial vehicle drivers took effect on July 1st, 2018.

More information on Bill C-46 and the alcohol and drug impaired driving updates to the Criminal Code of Canada can be viewed here.

For questions/further information, members are encouraged to contact OSBA’s Safety and Legislation Team at 416.695.9965 Ext. 4 or
2019 P.R.I.D.E. Program Dates Available!

2019 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program dates are now available!  See below for details.  For 28 years, the P.R.I.D.E. Program has been providing fleet driver instructors with powerful, non-lecture adult training techniques and philosophies that resonate with drivers and help maintain safe driving habits.

2019 Regular P.R.I.D.E. Certification Program:

View the full 2019 Program Brochure here 
View the 2019 Registration Form here
  • January 20-25
  • March 10-15 (March break)
  • April 7-12
  • May 26-31
  • July 7-12
  • July 14-19
  • August 11-16
  • October 20-25
  • November 17-22
2019 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program:

View the full 2019 Recertification Program Brochure here
View the 2019 Recertification Registration Form here 
  • February 13
  • April 13
  • June 12
  • July 31
  • November 6
For questions or more information - please visit or contact
OSBA Needs Your Feedback - 2019 OTE

Planning for the 2019 Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) is underway! OSBA really wants to tailor the 2019 business sessions to YOUR needs, but we need to hear from you in order to do so!
Even if you don't attend OTE, please take 5 minutes to provide your feedback and ideas for the 2019 OSBA business sessions through this survey:  

Please respond by December 31st (or sooner) if possible! 
Also, be sure to watch for updates and news about the 2019 OTE...taking place April 14-17, 2019 at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 2019 Trade Show will be held April 16, 2019 at the International Centre (Hall 5), Toronto.
Keolis Canada to Add 12 Lion Electric School Buses to Fleet

Article Source: School Bus Fleet
Article Date: December 17, 2018

Keolis Canada has placed an order for 12 LionC school buses from The Lion Electric Co., the operator announced on Thursday. By placing this order, Keolis Canada becomes the largest operator of electric Type C school buses in North America, according to a news release from The Lion Electric Co. and Keolis Canada. 

In 2016, the Canadian operator had bought two LionC electric school buses from the electric school bus manufacturer.  The operator’s 14 total buses will run on Montreal's North Shore starting in 2019, busing 770 students of the Scolaire des Affluents School Board, and traveling 448,000 kilometers annually.

LionC electric buses are assembled in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. 

"We are very excited to be able to transport the new generation of Quebecers of the Lanaudière region with these electric school buses,” said Patrick Gilloux, president and chief operating officer of Keolis Canada. "We are very pleased to be taking part in Keolis Canada's commitment to sustainable mobility,” added Marc Bedard, president and founder of Lion Electric Co.
New York Approves School Bus Crossing Light System

Article Source: School Bus Fleet
Article Date: December 17, 2018

The Gardian Angel safety lighting system is now allowed for use on school buses in New York. The system, created by former school bus mechanic Steve Gardner, uses a white LED flood light at the front of the bus to illuminate the path for students to cross the street and to make the students more visible to motorists.

New York is the 19th state to allow the lighting system as optional school bus equipment. In August, Ohio became the 17th state to approve the lighting system, specifying that the light be mounted under the bus instead of on the front bumper.

The Gardian Angel light automatically turns on when the red lights are activated and turns off when the entrance door of the bus is closed.

For more information, go to
Passing School Buses in PEI Can Now Cost Your License!

Article Source: School Bus Fleet
Article Date: December 6, 2018

Toughened penalties for illegally passing a school bus will soon cost motorists a temporary loss of their driver’s license in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada. 

As of Dec. 8, motorists who fail to stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing will receive 12 demerit points, which will cause their license to be suspended for three months. In addition, the motorist will be fined $5,000 for the violation, according to a news release from the Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy department of PEI. 

“We all have a role to play in keeping children safe on their way to school,” said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar. “This change means that drivers who ignore this law are not allowed on island roads. We are working with our police and education partners to prevent the dangerous practice of illegally passing school buses and we continue to explore comprehensive options to eliminate this unnecessary risk to children.”

Biggar told CBC that the province's government is looking into other prevention and enforcement measures, such as increasing the demerit points for using a handheld device while driving.

The previous penalty was normally a fine of $1,000 and eight demerit points, with a maximum fine of $5,000, according to CBC. The news source also noted that those fines were already the highest in Canada, according to a document from Biggar that was tabled by the legislature in November 2017. 

To get their license reinstated, motorists will be required to meet with highway safety officials, pay a $100 reinstatement fee, and take a defensive driving course within six months of the getting their license back, according to the province’s Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy department. After that, motorists are placed on a demerit point probation; any additional demerits within one year will result in a further license suspension. 

"No distraction is worth risking the life of a child," said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown. "I'm glad to see one more step being taken to protect our children who rely on the bus to get to school every day."
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY – Robotics Team – Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, Toronto

The robotics team at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute participates in an international robotics competition called FIRST, which is an acronym that means: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.  Yearly, the program inspires and motivates over 7500 Canadian students to learn and participate in unique Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math challenges. The FHCI Robotics Team #5699 is one of the mostly highly competitive robotics teams in Toronto.  So far, they have received three sponsors with high-tech companies in Toronto.  They are looking for additional companies to sponsor their team in the coming season.  In return, they will highlight the sponsor’s company name and logo on a special banner, social media, website, and the team's uniforms. There are a variety of ways to sponsor the team, including the provision of buses for transportation to various events.  One of the events is located at York University, another is at Durham College.  If interested, please contact FHCI Robotics Team #5699 at for a sponsorship package. Thank you in advance from the Team for your consideration!
Order Your OSBA Publications Now!

Visit the OSBA website at and click on the "STORE" tab from the home page to order the following OSBA publications. Or click on the links below and go directly to each order form:
Once you have completed the necessary order form, please scan/email it to or fax it to 416-695-9977.
Upcoming Events
Dec. 21 OSBA Webinar
Jan. 20-25 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Jan. 30 OSBA Webinar
Feb. 13 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Recertification Program
Mar. 10-15 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Mar. 27 OSBA Webinar
Apr. 7-12 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Apr. 13 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Recertification Program
Apr. 14-17 Ontario Transportation Expo
May 8-10 OASBO Annual Conference & Education Industry Show
May 15 OSBA Webinar
May 26-31 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
June 12 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Recertification Program
July 7-12 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
July 14-19 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
July 31 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Recertification Program
Aug. 11-16 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Oct. 16 OSBA Webinar
Oct. 20-25 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Oct. 21-25 School Bus Safety Week
Nov. 6 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Recertification Program
Nov. 17-22 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
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