Short-term cancellations and delays
Day to day short-term cancellations (including storm-related 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.

Current Bus Status
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2024 at 01:44 AM

All transportation is running. There may be some delays.

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  • Parent Portal

    Check your child's transportation information like their bus stop location and times here.

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  • School Bus Safety

    Parents/guardians share a role in reinforcing school bus safety. Please take the time to review school bus safety procedures with your child several times throughout the school year.

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  • Walk and Roll Zone

    Offering helpful resources for a safe walk to school including pedestrian safety tips, walking route maps and more.

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  • Can I Ride a Bus?

    Check to see if your address is eligible for motorized transportation.

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OSTA Provides Update to Bus Driver Shortage

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community, We would like to share with you the latest update that we have on the driver shortage. Throughout the fall, OSTA made steady progress in reducing the number of long-term cancelled runs, signifying a positive trend in our efforts to stabilize our transportation services. Our

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OSTA Quarterly Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest news, events and other information when it comes to all things student transportation through OSTA’s quarterly newsletter – OSTA On The Move…Getting There Together. Read the first issue by clicking here.

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OSTA Provides Update on Bus Driver Shortage

Ottawa School Transportation Authority (OSTA) is providing the latest update with respect to the ongoing bus driver shortage: Driver Shortage: As stated in our mid-January update, we always experience a reduction in the number of drivers available at this time of year. Some drivers do not return after the holidays; others

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Web Upgrades for Tuesday, January 30

Please be advised that we will be running a scheduled update to one of our servers that will impact BusPlanner Web (Parent Portal Login) access. BusPlanner Web access will be offline on Tuesday, January 30th from approximately 9:30am until 1:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will

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Junior/Senior Kindergarten Bus Stop Reminder

OSTA is reminding parents that junior and senior kindergarten students must be met in person when the school bus or van arrives at their stop. Drivers will not allow KG students out of the vehicle if a parent, guardian or responsible person is not there to greet them. Failure to

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Email Subscription Issue Resolved

Yesterday afternoon Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) was made aware that some subscribers to our mailing list failed to receive a notice for bus cancellations. OSTA immediately contacted the software provider who worked diligently to address the issue, which has since been resolved. OSTA would like to thank those who

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Run Cancellations for OCSB (Catholic) Schools 2023/24

Due to driver shortages, there have been multiple changes and cancellations to transportation services for OCDSB and OCSB students. OSTA continues to work with its operators and OC Transpo to find creative solutions to provide service to as many students as possible.

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OSTA Continues to Make Progress in Addressing Driver Shortage

A message to Parents, Guardians and Community: As we reflect on the fall and the challenges faced, we would like to share with you the progress that Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) continues to make in addressing the driver shortage. Throughout the fall, OSTA has made steady progress in reducing

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Take the wheel, drive yellow today!

Make a difference in your life. And theirs!

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

Being a school bus driver is satisfying part-time employment that fits your work-life balance.

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

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

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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

More about School Bus Safety



Decline Transportation

Are you eligible for transportation but not planning to use it? Complete OSTA’s Transportation Issues Form to notify us of your decision to decline transportation. Whether you decline transportation for the current school year and/or the next, keeping OSTA informed is important. This allows us to ensure better use of available transportation services.

It is important to contact the school with any address changes (home/daycare) to keep OSTA’s records up to date.

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