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New Amber Warning Lights on School Buses

Effective July 1, 2022, school buses will be equipped with updated overhead amber signal lights on the back and front. Flashing overhead amber lights means that the bus is slowing down and is coming to a stop to pick up or drop off students. When you see a school bus slowing down with its overhead amber signal lights flashing slow down and be prepared to stop. Once you see a school bus stopped with its overhead RED lights flashing you must stop.

Flashing overhead “Amber” lights means that the bus is slowing down and is about to stop to pick up or
drop off, students.

When you see a school bus with its overhead “Amber” lights flashing:
• Slow down
• Be prepared to stop
• Watch out for children

Remember: Red Lights Flashing….. NO PASSING

Flashing overhead “Red” lights means that the bus is stopped and letting children on and off the bus.

For more information, please visit:

Safer School Buses Act, 2021:  https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-246   

Highway Traffic Act, Regulation 612: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900612

OCDSB Summer School Transportation

For information about OCDSB Summer School Transportation, please find your school below and click the link to access the schedule.


Sawmill Creek Summer School Program Transportation Schedule

SAWMILL CREEK SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM
These are the only designated stops. Students must find their way to one of the stops listed below.

Van times shown are approximate, students assigned to a van will receive a call from the carrier with the accurate stop time.
– Please be at the stop at least 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.
– The OCDSB/OSTA has the right to cancel or change the Summer School Transportation Schedule

Route #: M01-SAR Carrier: M.L. Bradley Ltd. (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
7:10 AM St. Brother Andre (1923 Elmridge Dr.)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
7:18 AM 1240 Donald St3:45 PM Bayview P.S. (185 Owl Dr)
7:24 AM  Queen Elizabeth P.S. (689 St. Laurent Blvd)3:54 PM Charles H. Hulse P.S. (2605 Alta Vista Dr.)
7:29 AM Assumption C.S. (236 Levis Ave)4:05 PM Hopewell Ave P.S. (17 Hopewell Ave)
7:41 AM Lady Evelyn Alt. School (63 Evelyn Ave)4:13 PM Lady Evelyn Alt. School (63 Evelyn Ave)
7:50 AM Hopewell Avenue P.S. (17 Hopewell Ave)4:27 PM Assumption C.S. (236 Levis Ave)
8:00 AM Charles H. Hulse P.S. (2605 Alta Vista Dr.)4:33 PM Queen Elizabeth P.S. (689 St. Laurent Blvd)
8:11 AM Bayview P.S. (185 Owl Dr)4:38 PM 1240 Donald St.
8: 20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:45 PM St. Brother Andre (1923 Elmridge Dr.)

Route #: M02-SAR Carrier: M.L. Bradley Ltd. (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
7:09 AM St. Dominic C.S. (2300 Esprit Dr)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
7:24 AM Norman Johnston Alt. S.S (2401 Cleroux Cres)3:38 PM St. Bernard School (1722 St. Bernard St.)
7:34 AM St. John Paul II (1500 Beaverpond Dr)3:45 PM Dunlop P.S. (1310 Pebble Rd)
7:45 AM St. Luke (Ottawa) School (2485 Dwight Cres.)3:53 PM Roberta Bondar P.S. (159 Lorry Greenberg Dr.)
7:56 AM St. Thomas More School (1620 Blohm Dr)3:56 PM Robert Bateman P.S. (1250 Blohm Dr.)
7:59 AM Robert Bateman P.S. (1250 Blohm Dr.)4:00 PM St. Thomas More School (1620 Blohm Dr)
8:02 AM Roberta Bondar P.S. (159 Lorry Greenberg Dr.)4:11 PM St. Luke (Ottawa) School (2485 Dwight Cres.)
8:10 AM Dunlop P.S. (1310 Pebble Rd)4:22 PM St. John Paul II (1500 Beaverpond Dr)
8:17 AM St. Bernard School (1722 St. Bernard St.)4:32 PM Norman Johnston Alt. S.S (2401 Cleroux Cres)
8:20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:45 PM St. Dominic C.S. (2300 Esprit Dr)

Route #: D59-SAR Carrier: Direct Transportation Logistics (Van)
MorningAfternoon
8:03 AM St. Jerome School (4330 Spratt Rd)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
8:20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:01 PM St. Jerome School (4330 Spratt Rd)

Route #: D60-SAR Carrier: Direct Transportation Logistics (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:38 AM Berrigan E.S. (199 Berrigan Dr)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
7:43 AM St. Emily School (500 Chapman Mills Dr.)3:50 PM Carleton Heights P.S. (1660 Prince of Wales Dr)
7:48 AM Farley Mowat P.S. (75 Waterbridge Dr)4:07 PM Farley Mowat P.S. (75 Waterbridge Dr)
8:05 AM Carleton Heights P.S. (1660 Prince of Wales Dr)4:12 PM St. Emily School (500 Chapman Mills Dr.)
8:20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:17 PM Berrigan E.S. (199 Berrigan Dr)

Route #: D61-SAR Carrier: Direct Transportation Logistics (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:49 AM Elgin St. P.S. (310 Elgin St)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
7:55 AM Centennial P.S. (376 Gloucester St.)4:01 PM Centennial P.S. (376 Gloucester St.)
8:20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:07 PM Elgin St P.S. (310 Elgin St)

Route #: D62-SAR Carrier: Direct Transportation Logistics (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:36 AM North Gower P.S. (2403 Church St)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
7:42 AM Kars on the Rideau (6680 Dorack Dr)4:13 PM Kars on the Rideau (6680 Dorack Dr)
8:20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:20 PM North Gower P.S. (2403 Church St)

Route #: D63-SAR Carrier: Direct Transportation Logistics (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:36 AM Convent Glen C.S. (6212 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
7:59 AM Riverview Alt. School (260 Knox Cres.)3:55 PM Riverview Alt. School (260 Knox Cres.)
8:20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:19 PM Convent Glen E.S. (6212 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd)

Route #: D64-SAR Carrier: Direct Transportation Logistics (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:42 AM Trillium E.S. (1515 Varennes Blvd)3:35 PM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)
7:50 AM Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. (1515 Tenth Line Rd)4:05 PM Sir Wilfred Laurier S.S. (1515 Tenth Line Rd)
8:20 AM Sawmill Creek P.S. (3400 D’Aoust Ave)4:11 PM Trillium E.S. (1515 Varennes Blvd)

Jack Donohue Summer School Program Transportation Schedule

JACK DONOHUE SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM
These are the only designated stops. Students must find their way to one of the stops listed below.

Van times shown are approximate, students assigned to a van will receive a call from the carrier with the accurate stop time.
– Please be at the stop at least 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.
– The OCDSB/OSTA has the right to cancel or change the Summer School Transportation Schedule

Route #: V01-JDR Carrier: Voyago (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
7:41 AM St. Anne School (500 Stonehaven)3:35 PM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)
7:46 AM St. James School (50 Stonehaven Dr.)3:38 PM South March P.S. (1032 Klondike Rd.)
7:53 AM A.Y. Jackson S.S. (150 Abbeyhill Dr.)3:48 PM Roland Michener P.S. (100 Penfield Dr.)
8:00 AM Katimavik E.S. (64 Chimo Dr)3:56 PM Katimavik E.S. (64 Chimo Dr)
8:08 AM Roland Michener P.S. (100 Penfield Dr.)4:03 PM A.Y. Jackson S.S. (150 Abbeyhill Dr.)
8:18 AM South March P.S. (1032 Klondike Rd.)4:10 PM St. James C.S. (50 Stonehaven Dr.)
8:20 AM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)4:15 St. Anne C.S. (500 Stonehaven)

Route #: V02-JDR
Carrier: Voyago (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
7:32 AM Westwind P.S. (111 Hartsmere Dr.)3:35 PM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)
7:41 AM Stittsville P.S. (40 Granite Ridge Dr.)3:44 PM Stephen Leacock P.S. (25 Leacock Dr.)
7:49 AM A.Lorne Cassidy E.S. (27 Hobin St.)3:51 PM All Saints H.S. (5115 Kanata Ave)
8:04 AM All Saints H.S. (5115 Kanata Ave)4:07 PM A.Lorne Cassidy E.S. (27 Hobin St.)
8:10 AM Stephen Leacock P.S. (25 Leacock Dr.)4:15 PM Stittsville P.S. (40 Granite Ridge Dr.)
8:20 AM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)4:24 PM Westwind P.S. (111 Hartsmere Dr.)

Route #: S01-JDR Carrier: Sommer Transportation Services (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:55 AM Mary Honeywell E.S. (54 Kennevale Dr.)3:35 PM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)
8:20 AM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)4:04 PM Mary Honeywell E.S. (54 Kennevale Dr.)

Route #: S02-JDR Carrier: Sommer Transportation Services (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:42 AM North Gower P.S. (2430 Church St.)3:35 PM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)
8:20 AM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)4:15 PM North Gower P.S. (2430 Church St.)

Route #: S03-JDR Carrier: Sommer Transportation Services (Van)
MorningAfternoon
8:08 AM 1151 Thomas A Dolan (Dunrobin Community Centre)3:35 PM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)
8:20 AM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)3:47 PM 1151 Thomas A Dolan (Dunrobin Community Centre)

Route #: S04-JDR Carrier: Sommer Transportation Services (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:31 AM St. Emily School (500 Chapman Mills Dr.)3:35 PM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)
7:40 AM Half Moon Bay P.S. (3525 River Run Ave)4:17 PM Half Moon Bay P.S. (3525 River Run Ave)
8:20 AM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)4:26 PM St. Emily School (500 Chapman Mills Dr.)

Route #: S05-JDR Carrier: Sommer Transportation Services (Van)
MorningAfternoon
8:03 AM St. Michael (Corkery) (1572 Corkery Rd)3:35 PM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)
8:18 AM St. Isidore (1105 March Rd)3:37 PM St. Isidore (1105 March Rd)
8:20 AM Jack Donohue P.S. (101 Penrith St.)3:53 PM St. Michael (Corkery) (1572 Corkery Rd)

Broadview Summer School Program Transportation Schedule

BROADVIEW SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM
These are the only designated stops. Students must find their way to one of the stops listed below.

Van times shown are approximate, students assigned to a van will receive a call from the carrier with the accurate stop time.
– Please be at the stop at least 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.
– The OCDSB/OSTA has the right to cancel or change the Summer School Transportation Schedule

Route #: V03-BRR Carrier: Voyago (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
7:21 AM A.Y. Jackson S.S. (150 Abbeyhill Dr.)3:35 PM Broadview P.S (535 Dovercourt Ave)
7:31 AM St. Anne School (500 Stonehaven)3:41 PM Woodroffe H.S. (2410 Georgina Dr.)
7:40 AM Our Lady of Peace (3877 Old Richmond Rd.)3:46 PM Severn Ave P.S. (2553 Severn Ave)
7:48 AM St. John the Apostle C.S. (30 Costello Ave)3:53 PM St. Rose of Lima C.S. (50 Bayshore Rd.)
7:54 AM Knoxdale P.S. (170 Greenbank Rd)4:03 PM Knoxdale P.S. (170 Greenbank Rd)
8:03 AM St. Rose of Lima C.S. (50 Bayshore Rd.)4:09 PM St. John the Apostle C.S. (30 Costello Ave)
8:09 AM Severn Ave P.S. (2553 Severn Ave.)4:17 PM Our Lady of Peace School (3877 Old Richmond Rd.)
8:14 AM Woodroffe H.S. (2410 Georgina Dr.)4:26 PM St. Anne School (500 Stonehaven)
8:20 AM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)4:37 PM A.Y. Jackson S.S. (150 Abbeyhill Dr.)

Route #: V04-BRR Carrier: Voyago (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
7:26 AM St. Emily School (500 Chapman Mills Dr)3:35 PM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)
7:38 AM Barrhaven P.S. (80 Larkin Dr)3:41 PM Agincourt Road P.S. (1250 Agincourt Rd)
7:48 AM St. Luke (Nepean) School (60 Mountshannon Dr)3:46 PM Sir Guy Carleton S.S. (55 Centrepointe Dr
8:01 AM Manordale P.S. (16 Carola St)3:54 PM Manordale P.S. (16 Carola St)
8:09 AM Sir Guy Carleton S.S. (55 Centrepointe Dr)4:08 PM St. Luke (Nepean) (60 Mountshannon Dr)
8:14 AM Agincourt Road P.S. (1250 Agincourt Rd)4:17 PM Barrhaven P.S. (80 Larkin Dr)
8:20 AM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)4:29 PM St. Emily School (500 Chapman Mills Dr)

Route #: X01-BRR Carrier: Roxborough Bus Lines (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
7:08 AM St. Brother Andre C.S. (1923 Elmridge Dr.)3:35 PM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)
7:15 AM St. John Paul II (1500 Beaverpond Dr.)3:40 PM St. Elizabeth School (1366 Coldrey Ave)
7:26 AM Viscount Alexander P.S. (55 Mann Ave)3:45 PM Fisher Park P.S. (250 Holland Ave)
7:37 AM Centennial P.S. (376 Gloucester St.)3:53 PM St. Augustine (1009 Arnot Rd.)
7:41 AM Cambridge Street P.S. (250 Cambridge St)4:06 PM Mutchmor P.S. (185 Fifth Ave)
7:48 AM Mutchmor P.S. (185 Fifth Ave)4:14 PM Cambridge Street P.S. (250 Cambridge St)
8:01 AM St. Augustine School (1009 Arnot Rd.)4:18 PM Centennial P.S. (376 Gloucester St.)
8:10 AM Fisher Park P.S. (250 Holland Ave)4:31 PM Viscount Alexander P.S. (55 Mann Ave)
8:15 AM St. Elizabeth School (1366 Coldrey Ave)4:44 PM St. John Paul II (1500 Beaverpond Dr.)
8:20 AM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)4:50 PM St. Brother Andre C.S. (1923 Elmridge Dr.)

Route #: X02-BRR Carrier:  Roxborough Bus Lines (School Bus)
MorningAfternoon
8:03 AM Sir Winston Churchill P.S. (49 Mulvagh Ave)3:35 PM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)
8:08 AM St. Rita C.S. (1 Inverness Ave)3:47 PM St. Rita C.S. (1 Inverness Ave)
8:20 AM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)3:52 PM Sir Winston Churchill P.S. (49 Mulvagh Ave)

Route #: S15-BRR Carrier: Sommer Transportation Services (Van)
MorningAfternoon
7:39 AM Half Moon Bay P.S. (3525 River Run Ave)3:35 PM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)
7:42 PM St. Cecilia School (3490 Cambrian Rd)4:01 PM St. Jerome C.S. (4330 Spratt Rd)
7:53 AM St. Jerome C.S. (4330 Spratt Rd)4:13 PM St. Cecilia School (3490 Cambrian Rd)
8:20 AM Broadview P.S. (535 Dovercourt Ave)4:16 PM Half Moon Bay P.S. (3525 River Run Ave)

OCDSB Elementary Summer School transportation will start on July 7th, 2022

OSTA Parent Web Portal Closed

OSTA’s Parent Web Portal (Bus Stop Finder) will be closed from the end of June until mid-August. Please check our website and social media pages regularly for important transportation announcements, deadlines and other vital information. The portal will reopen in mid-August with next year’s transportation information.

School Bus Task Force Launches Drive Yellow Campaign to Recruit Drivers

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Ottawa – OSTA and a core group of operators have joined forces to work on solutions to address the school bus driver shortage and prepare for the upcoming school year.

This spring, OSTA and operators Roxborough, Voyago, M.L. Bradley, First Student and Premier formed a Driver Recruitment Task Force to recruit new professional school bus drivers into the industry. This new task force is the first of its kind in Ontario, whose members will work together to reach the ultimate goal of getting our kids safely and reliably to and from school every day.

“Drive Yellow,” a multipronged campaign, aims to turn around the ongoing driver shortage in the Ottawa area by enticing people who are interested in work-life balance, who love kids and who want to contribute to their community in a meaningful way to consider driving a school bus or a van over other types of jobs.

“The driver shortage predates COVID-19, and it has been exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Vicky Kyriaco, General Manager/CAO of Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA). “What we’ve all learned during this challenging time is we need to work together and lean on each other to make a change in a positive way. Kids need us.”

Screenshot from the DriveYellow.ca microsite
Screenshot from the DriveYellow.ca microsite

The Drive Yellow school bus driver recruitment campaign launches on June 23rd with the goal of raising public awareness and profile of the school bus driver position and recruiting new school bus and van drivers to the industry.

“This is a welcome and refreshing initiative being spearheaded by the consortium and backed by local operators. The Ottawa region has been heavily impacted by a school bus driver shortage and this Task Force is welcome and timely.  School Bus Ontario (SBO) is pleased that the consortium is working with its operators to find and recruit safety-driven and professional drivers.  SBO looks forward to the outcome of this project.” Said Nick McRae, Vice President of School Bus Ontario and Roxborough Bus Lines CEO.

“This Ottawa-centric Driver Recruitment Task Force is truly pioneering in our industry. It demonstrates how consortia and operators can work together to reach a common goal while reflecting the unique market conditions within a jurisdiction,” said Troy Phinney, Senior Vice President, Eastern Division, First Student.

The campaign consists of the “Drive Yellow” microsite designed to get people excited about the school bus industry in Ottawa. It includes the many benefits of becoming a school bus driver, the requirements and steps to becoming a driver, a list of operator job posts, their service areas and an easy online application process. The microsite also includes testimonials from current drivers about why they love to drive a school bus.

To promote the microsite, an ambitious multi-media campaign including digital advertising, print, radio, television, community outreach and partnership is underway. Also, Ottawa operators can download marketing resources from the microsite, and tweak and brand them for their own marketing initiatives.

“We’re tackling this from multiple different directions to get us ready for the fall school start-up,” said Kyriaco.  “To get a campaign like this off the ground, it is so important to have the alignment and input of the operators and their drivers. This is a group of caring and dedicated people, all striving for the same outcome, to get our kids to and from school safely every day.”

The OC Transpo Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 is also helping with school bus driver recruitment efforts by promoting the driveyellow.ca campaign to its local members, specifically targeting members thinking of retirement.

“Many ATU members may have started out as yellow bus drivers before joining OC Transpo.  We support OSTA’s efforts to provide transportation services for kids throughout the city, while giving our retired members an opportunity to continue providing a valued service in our community” said Clint Crabtree, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279. 

Before OSTA launched the campaign, they surveyed current and past school bus drivers to find out what they like most and least about being a driver. OSTA took key insights from the feedback to create messaging that resonates with potential candidates. For example, drivers enjoy a great work-life balance, have weekends and summers off and the satisfaction of working with kids.  

For more information on the school bus driver recruitment campaign, go to driveyellow.ca.

Driver Appreciation Day 2022

The greatest joy of being a bus driver is watching the children on your bus grow to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

– Local Bus Driver

Join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022, to celebrate OSTA’s Annual Driver Appreciation Day. This special day of recognition provides students, parents, guardians, teachers and staff with the opportunity to celebrate all yellow bus drivers, wheelchair bus drivers, van drivers, and Walking School Bus (WSB) leaders and thank them for all that they do.

These dedicated individuals, who put student safety first, drive countless kilometres, in rain, snow or shine to ensure their students arrive at school on time and ready to learn.

On Driver Appreciation Day – and indeed every day – OSTA offers its sincere thank you to all professional school bus, wheelchair bus, van drivers and Walking School Bus leaders for their service and dedication.
Once again, this year, for the safety of all staff and drivers, we are holding a virtual event to honour the hundreds of dedicated drivers and WSB leaders. We have asked students across both School Boards to share their thanks with us on social media so their drivers and WSB leaders get the recognition they deserve!

Today and throughout the year, take a moment to recognize how important yellow bus, wheelchair bus, van drivers and WSB leaders are to students’ success at school. Join us in recognizing and celebrating our dedicated School Bus Drivers and WSB Leaders.

From all of us at OSTA, we thank you for your service and dedication.


A Message from the President of OSTA

“We are thankful for the crucial role drivers play in the lives of students, parents and the community.”


A Message from OSTA


Thank You’s

Below are some examples of submissions we’ve received – if you would like to see more, simply follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


GEM Awards

Every year, OSTA selects winners of the Going the Extra Mile Awards. The GEM awards celebrate outstanding contributions that school bus and van drivers and WSB leaders make every day transporting OCDSB and OCSB students to and from school.

This year, we are happy to announce that OSTA has chosen Ray Leblanc (First Student), John Cox (Roxborough), Richard Behan (DTL), Georgette Nicholls (STS) and Michelle McCabe (OSC – Walking School Bus) for the 2022 GEM awards.

Congratulations to all the winners; your service and commitment are appreciated.


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Photo Highlights from our Operators!

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Previous Driver Appreciation Days!


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