Short-term cancellations and delays
Day to day short-term cancellations are posted to our delay and notification page and subscribers are notified via email as they happen.

Long term cancellations
Any cancellations lasting longer than a few days are posted to the long-term OCDSB and OCSB cancellation lists.

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Last Updated: May 17, 2022 at 07:54 AM

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OSTA Driver of the Future Survey

Share your opinions about a career as a school bus or van driver – Complete an online survey today The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has retained Nanos Research to survey individuals who may be interested in becoming a school bus driver or van driver either now or in the

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Calling all OCDSB and OCSB Students Grade K-12!

Students, show your driver you care – Create a thank you card! Saturday, June 18, 2022, is OSTA’s Virtual Driver Appreciation Day, a day in which we recognize and thank our many dedicated drivers and walking school bus (WSB) leaders for getting students to and from school safely every day.

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OSTA's 2021-2023 Strategic Plan

The OSTA 2021-2023 Strategic Plan has recently been approved by our Board of Directors. Find out how we’re moving forward as an Organization by delivering safe, efficient, effective and equitable multi-modal transportation solutions for students with superior customer service for OCDSB and OCSB. About OSTA The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

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Park the Car and Pitter Patter!

With warmer weather on the horizon and gas prices skyrocketing, it’s a great time to start leaving your car behind and lacing up your sneakers instead. We’re not suggesting that you park your car forever, but to consider some occasions when you could use active transportation instead of driving. Every

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Student Transportation Survey Results

This past fall, OSTA conducted an online survey to better understand how Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) students were getting to school and if families were observing any traffic impacts around school sites. We are happy to report that we received over

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Pitter Patter Grant is now available!

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority wants to help increase physical activity opportunities for students by supporting and expanding School Active Transportation (SAT) initiatives for elementary students. The OSTA Pitter Patter Grant is a micro-grant of up to $250, available to local schools that wish to implement or support an SAT

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Driver Recruitment and Retention - Update

OSTA’s Operators have had many challenges recruiting and retaining drivers for a number of years.  COVID 19 is exacerbating the driver shortage because drivers fear getting sick, or infecting their vulnerable loved ones, among other reasons.  Consequently, hundreds of students have been affected by long-term route cancellations over the past 2 years as Operators do not have enough spare drivers to cover open routes. 

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Provincial COVID Update - Lifting of Restrictions

On March 9, 2022, the Ministry of Education announced that certain COVID-related instructions were to change as of March 21, 2022. OSTA remains committed to providing a safe environment while delivering transportation services for students. The Ministry of Education’s update is reflected in a number of areas below. We wish

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NEW: Transportation Confirmation for 2022-2023

Are you planning on using student transportation in 2022-2023? To make better use of transportation services, OSTA is asking all parents and guardians of OCDSB and OCSB eligible students to confirm their intentions for transportation services for 2022-2023.

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Answer the call. Be a Driver.

When you drive a bus, you make a positive impact on the minds of tomorrow.

As a school bus or van driver, you’ll enjoy a job that fits your lifestyle:

  • Positive impact on your community!
  • Part-time work!
  • Weekends and summers off!

If you love being around children and want a fulfilling career, then answer the call – take the first step to becoming a school bus or van driver!

Man and Woman Bus Driver standing in front of buses along with happy children


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Transportation During COVID-19

On March 9, 2022, the Ministry of Education announced that certain COVID-related instructions were to change.  OSTA is committed to providing a safe environment while delivering transportation services for students.  The Ministry of Education’s update is reflected in a number of areas below.  Click to find out the major changes:

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School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety Tips  – Check out our brochures and videos for Kindergarten students all the way up to Junior elementary students. We encourage parents to review these rules with their children before school starts!

Bus Safety Videos

Spread Kindness, Not Germs

All the School Bus Rules

Kindergarten – School Bus Safety with Buzzy the Bee

Grade 1-3 – School Bus Safety with Buster the Bus

Grade 4-8 – School Bus Safety for Junior Students

Covid-19 Safety Video

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Walking School Bus & Hybrid Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus and Hybrid Walking School Bus are designed to promote active transportation and healthy living. Led by a paid leader or a combination of a paid leader and volunteers from the school community, students walk with a group of their peers along a specific route and schedule. All leaders are trained and vetted by the Ottawa Safety Council to make sure your child has a safe and educational walk to school.

More about the Hybrid Walking School Bus

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