Government of Ontario, Canada
School Business Support Branch

About Student Transportation

The Ministry of Education provides funding to school boards to support student transportation. In 2017-18, student transportation funding is projected to be $919.6M.

Under the Education Act, school boards in Ontario may choose to provide transportation to eligible students. School boards are responsible for making decisions on student transportation policies and programs to meet the needs of their local communities.

The Student Transportation Reform, which began in 2006, included the development of transportation consortia among coterminous school boards to jointly manage and plan student transportation services. The consortium model, in which coterminous school boards work collaboratively, eliminates duplication and leverages economies of scale. To date, there are 33 student transportation consortia that represent 71 of the 72 school boards in Ontario.

Nearly all student transportation services are delivered by third-party companies, primarily school bus operators, under contract with school boards and consortia.

Student Transportation Facts

  • Over 800,000 students transported
  • Approximately 40% of enrolled students are transported
  • Close to 19,000 vehicles including school buses, vans, mini-vans and sedans
  • About 50% of vehicles are full-size vehicles
  • More 1.8 million kilometres travelled daily

Student Transportation Consortia

About the Transportation and Cooperative Services Unit

The Transportation and Cooperative Services Unit works with school boards and consortia to increase their capacity to deliver safe, effective and efficient transportation, as well as focus on strengthening management capacity to increase public confidence in our public education system.