If your child walks to school, they can now join up with some friends and a trained leader to accompany them to school! The Walking School Bus (WSB) promotes active transportation and healthy living. Students walk to school with a group of 10 peers and a professional leader, following a specific route and schedule.
Similar to an adult crossing guard, each WSB has a paid leader who has been trained by the Ottawa Safety Council, screened and first-aid certified to walk with your child to school.
They follow a specific route and schedule approved by OSTA and its partners. Walking to school is a safe, convenient, healthy and fun way for your child to travel to school with friends. It helps them get the daily physical activity they need to be healthy and concentrate better at school.
OSTA’s Walking School Bus (WSB) program is offered at 12 Ottawa schools. These schools have been selected for their demonstrated commitment to promoting walking to school. The WSB operates every school day in the morning at the schools listed below.
Existing WSB/Hybrid WSB students can register from June 1st to June 15th, 2022, for the 2022-2023 school year.
New students can register for the WSB/Hybrid WSB from June 16th to Aug 19th, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year.
|School||Walking School Bus Schedule|
|Connaught PES||View route and stops|
|Convent Glen CES||View route and stops|
|Devonshire Community PES||View route and stops|
|Elmdale PES||View route and stops *Updated Times|
|Half Moon Bay PES||View route and stops|
|Georges Vanier CES||Cancelled for 2022/23|
|Queen Mary Street PES||Cancelled for 2022/23|
|Robert Bateman PES||View route and stops|
|Roch Carrier||View route and stops|
|St. Benedict CES||Cancelled for 2022/23|
|St. Rita CES||View route and stops|
|Woodroffe Avenue PES||View route and stops *Updated Times|
Before registering for the WSB, please review the following documents:
Please contact OSTA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a paper copy of the form.
Completing the application online does not guarantee a space for your child. Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be created when the first 10 spaces on your route have been filled. Please notify OSTA by email at email@example.com to withdraw your child from the HWSB list.
More information about the WSB
New School Active Transportation Network and Charter The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) joined its member school Boards (OCSB and OCDSB) to sign a School Active Transportation Charter in October 2013. This represents the first step towards the creation of a new School Active Transportation Support Network that will strengthen collaboration with the City of Ottawa and Green Communities Canada to support active travel initiatives (walking, cycling, skateboarding etc.) while making the journey to and from school safer and more convenient for more families. This is part of a cross-Canada movement dedicated to children’s mobility, health, and happiness.