The mission of the Ottawa Safety Council (OSC) is to deliver best-in-class road safe services, education, training and awareness throughout our communities.
About OTTAWA SAFETY COUNCIL
Founded as a not-for-profit, non-government organization in 1957, the Ottawa Safety Council has a well-established reputation as a leader in safety education. We continually check our environment to identify gaps in safety promotion and seek to meet the need, either through individual effort or with the many health and safety-related organizations throughout Ottawa and Eastern Ontario with whom we cooperate.
We offer an array of programs and services to the residents of Ottawa. Our programs include Motorcycle Training, School Zone Safety (Crossing Guards, Pedestrian Safety, Walking School Bus, Bicycle Safety) and our BestFit Car Seat Program.
In 2019, our WalkSafe program will reach over 25,000 local elementary school children helping them to be aware of road safety issues and concerns as young pedestrians and ultimately safer on our community streets.
Our Motorcycle Training Programs reach over 1000 motorcycle students per year and our BestFit Car Seat Clinics ensure over 2000 people per year have their car seats and booster seats properly secured.
Motorcycle Training Programs
The Ottawa Safety Council’s Motorcycle Training Program began in 1967 and is run by a dedicated team of volunteer instructors who are passionate about ensuring the next generation of riders get the best start possible.
We are a licenced testing authority for the MTO in our M1 Exit and M2 Exit programs. We are under the umbrella of the Canada Safety Council for our M1 Exit and Gearing Up Introduction courses, which require our instructors to pass rigorous yearly testing.
Adult Crossing Guard Program
We employ over 200 Adult Crossing Guards per year helping children all across our community travel to and from school safely.
Walking School Bus program
Much like the big yellow school bus, a Walking School Bus is a safe form of transportation to school. Students are chaperoned by an adult Leader and walk along a predesignated route to school, as people join them along the way.
BestFit Car Seat Clinics
Our BestFit Program is dedicated to making sure our children are safe on the road. We host weekly Car Seat Clinics in the East, West, and South of Ottawa. We also offer a hone installation option as well as group workshops.
Cycle Safe Bike Rodeos
Our Cycle Safe program is aimed at young cyclists offering them the chance to learn safe riding skills and rules of the road, through fun stations and demonstrations.
What People Are Saying
"The Walking school bus is great and our Leader Suzie was friendly. WSB gave our son a bit of experience in walking safely to school and now that he is in grade 5, he feels comfortable with the idea of being more independent and walking with friends"
— Parent at Glen Ogilvie PS on the Walking School Bus
" It's a very important job, and they're out their rain, snow or shine, with a smile on their faces, protecting not only the school kids, but all pedestrians."
— Parent at Maple Ridge PS, on the Adult Crossing Guard program