Why Join SBO?
In joining SBO, you will become part of a united, provincial network dedicated to an economically healthy and sustainable industry, safely and reliably serving the growing needs of student transportation in Ontario. We continue to work beside provincial government agencies and representatives, school business officials, partnering associations, and organizations to enhance your business investment. We have their attention – we now require yours.
Types of Membership
Bus Operator – Any private sector, sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation, being a duly and properly licensed operator of a school bus(es) or school purpose vehicle(s) with Ministry of Transportation inspection stickers driven by qualified drivers with a valid class B or E driver’s licence, and in possession of a valid contract(s) to provide regular home to school transportation to schools with programs recognized by the Ministry of Education in Ontario.
School Board/Consortia – School board consortia, school boards or schools with programs recognized by the Ministry of Education in Ontario.
Supplier/Manufacturer – Any supplier/manufacturer and other firms, corporations or associations having dealings existing or potential of a general nature with the bus operator members of the Association.
Distributor – Any distributor of school buses.
Advocacy – SBO is dedicated to arriving at solutions to serve the growing needs of the student transportation industry.
Business Development – improve operational efficiencies and develop new best practices. Evaluate new business opportunities, potential growth and discover innovative strategies to enhance students’ ride to school.
Connections – attend networking events, conferences and trade shows to expand business contact lists. The membership directory is the primary resource available to key decision makers across the province.
Issue Management – rely on the SBO to communicate important information that matters. Receive updates on regulatory changes and practical advice from SBO experts and consultants.
Leadership – SBO is one of three associations involved in the only joint transportation event in Canada serving the entire bus transportation industry. The Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) offers valuable workshops and sessions, networking events, and trade show. Visit www.ote.ca for more information.
Partnerships – SBO is a valued correspondent with the Ministry of Education, Transportation and Government Services, including partnering associations, committees and stakeholder groups. Developing productive and cooperative partnerships contribute to effective and efficient operations.
Relevance – SBO supports all its members in the competitive world of school busing.
Resources – SBO provides a greater understanding through research, analysis, instruction and training to help members compete within a changing environment.
Training and Education – Receive training on the latest industry developments at the Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) in April, during on-line Webinars and throughout select times of the year.
Website – www.schoolbusontario.ca is a reliable resource available to members around the clock. Download archive newsletters, presentations, position papers and other documentation. Access the membership directory, calendar of events and the latest news items.