School bus driver shortage is ongoing
Sept 6, 2019
Global Korean Post
Each school day, more than 830,000 students are safely transported to and from school by school buses and school-purpose vehicles.
Ontario is tackling the province’s school bus driver shortage by continuing the School Bus Driver Retention Pilot Program this year. The program will help school bus operators across the province with driver retention and recruitment by rewarding school bus drivers who stay on the job throughout the year.
“The school bus driver shortage has been an ongoing issue that impacts students and families across Ontario,” said Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. “We’re working together to keep our students safe as they travel to and from school and providing stability to parents by investing the highest levels in transportation.”
Eligible school bus drivers could receive up to two separate retention bonuses of up to $1,000 (less applicable taxes) each, based on continuous employment over two periods between September to December 2019 and January to June 2020. This program is intended to reduce driver turnover and make student transportation services more reliable for students and families.
The government will partner again with the Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) and a service provider to facilitate the administration of bonus payments to eligible school bus drivers.
Both OSBA and the Independent School Bus Operators Association (ISBOA) work closely and collaboratively on this initiative.