Ontario School Bus Passenger Capacity and Routes

Passenger Capacity

For maximum protection, seating is adjusted according to the size of the passengers being transported. Compartmentalization is only effective when the student can sit fully on the bench. If the kids are too big to assign three to a seat, it needs to be reported to the school board.  The number of passengers in a school bus should never exceed the bus manufacturer's designed seating capacity. 


School boards determine the bus stop locations along each route very carefully.  The routes are determined by set criteria including distances between stops and to major intersections, posted speed limits, types of roadways, etc.  School bus drivers are responsible for making sure each student is picked up and dropped off at the assigned stop location.  Children under a certain age must be met by a parent or guardian.

The amount of time a child rides the school bus is also considered.

All routing decisions are made by the district school board.  Contact information for every school board in Ontario can be found at the following link: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/sbinfo/