Transfer criminal record check requirement under Ontario Regulation 473/07 of the Highway Traffic Act to the Ministry of Education's, Ontario Regulation 521/01.
Bill or Act:
Education Act and Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
Options related to criminal background checks for school bus drivers are being considered and the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Transportation will not be seeking to make regulatory changes for July 2013.
November 22, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
School bus drivers must currently obtain a clear criminal record check report to qualify for and hold a Class B or E (school bus) driver's licence (Regulation 340/94 under the Highway Traffic Act).
The Ministry of Education (EDU) has a regulation (O. Reg. 521/01) that requires criminal record checks of board employees and service providers. School bus drivers are exempted service providers in this regulation because the requirement is set out in the Highway Traffic Act regulation.
Effective July 2013, the criminal record check requirement for school bus drivers will be removed from the school bus driver's licence requirements under the Highway Traffic Act regulation and placed in the Ministry of Education regulation. School bus drivers will no longer be exempted service providers under this EDU regulation. This Regulation comes into force on the later of September 1, 2013.
Ministry of Education
Learning Environment Branch
Safe Schools Unit
900 Bay Street, 15th Floor Mowat Block
Toronto ON M7A 1L2
June 7, 2013