ALERT: Ontario is taking steps to deregulate the intercommunity bus sector and dissolve the Ontario Highway Transport Board (OHTB). Until deregulation takes effect, the current intercommunity bus licensing system remains active. Carriers seeking to provide intercommunity bus service will require a public vehicle operating licence until the effective date of deregulation.
On December 8, 2020, the government passed legislation to repeal the current economic regime governing market entry for the intercommunity bus sector, which included repealing the Public Vehicles Act and the Ontario Highway Transportation Board Act, as part of Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The legislation is expected to be proclaimed into force on July 1, 2021. Once deregulation comes into effect, the OHTB will have no further function. As a result, the OHTB will be dissolved and this website will be decommissioned in summer 2021.
The OHTB may contact new applicants to determine their interest with respect to withdrawing or continuing with their application(s), given the government’s announcement. Those seeking to withdraw their application(s) may have their payment returned, provided that the review process was not started. Fees will be processed for applicants continuing with the licensing process. Applicants who choose to continue with an application that is under review and whose fees have been deposited will no longer be eligible to receive a refund.
Please see Bill 213 for more information about the repeal of the Ontario Highway Transport Board Act, 1990 and the Public Vehicles Act, 1990.
About the Ontario Highway Transport Board
The Board is
constituted by virtue of and in accordance with the provisions of the Ontario
Highway Transport Board Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.19. It operates as a quasi
judicial administrative tribunal.
Under the Public Vehicles Act, R.S.O. 1990,
Chapter P.54 and the Motor Vehicle Transport Act, 1987, S. C. Chapter 35, as
amended by RS 1989, Chapter 29, the Board controls entry and maintains an
orderly development in the business of transporting passengers for compensation
in public vehicles, both within Ontario and to other jurisdictions.
Ontario Highway Transport Board
Floor, 151 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T5
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