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True. But currently the schools have to provide parking for them. If they had better bicycle parking, even the teachers and staff would be able to cycle to and from school.

From link. The teachers could even use cargo bikes when they take home their class assignments for grading.

BTW. Do the teachers and staff pay for their parking, or is it "free". Should it be at least a "taxable benefit" if they do park their cars at school. Shouldn't be a "taxable benefit" if they come by bicycle or public transit.
I don't know how the various boards handle parking, but if it is free, I would think the CRA would consider it a taxable benefit provided there are reasonable alternatives (transit options) available because the employer is providing some benefit that is not included in earned income and not taxed at source. If the staff pay a market-rate fee, then it is not a taxable benefit. If employees bike or transit, they are not deriving anything of benefit from the employer.
Having lived in the Netherlands for about 20 yrs, I can tell you even with cycling infrastructure, you cannot compare the Dutch situation with a Canadian one. The distance the Dutch kids travel between home and school cannot be compared. Most Dutch students live within a reasonable distance of a school, walking or public transport, cycling is easy. School buses are used for those who are not capable of traveling alone due to various handicaps. Winter is far less severe with occasional snow and ice storms. Rain is far more frequent and almost every child has a raincoat to keep them dry. Dutch students have a far less distance to travel than Canadian students.

Looking at my grandkids in York region as an example, there is simply not enough public transport and cycling in winter on rural roads would be too dangerous.

School bus drivers are underpaid and should receive a fair wage compared with every other public transport driver.
I really doubt distance is the problem/reason why most kids don't cycle to school. Most kids live within a few km of their school.

I also grew up in a rural area. My high school was definitely too far but I did occasionally cycle to my elementary school.
This reminds of the failure that Ontario Ministry of Education went through, where they attempted to create their own personal computer to be be used in schools. It was abandoned, when the technology had already passed them with resources available elsewhere.

Ontario Releases Technology and Standards for Digital Identity

Province welcomes and encourages private-sector market innovation

From link.

The Ontario government is publicly launching the technology and standards that will build Ontario’s digital identity ecosystem, which will empower simpler, faster and better access to more convenient and secure online services. As one of the first jurisdictions in North America to publish this information, Ontario continues to demonstrate its commitment to digital and data transparency, and is making progress on becoming a world-leading digital jurisdiction.

When fully launched, Ontario’s Digital ID (identification) will allow people and businesses to prove who they are both online and in person with built-in safety features that protect users’ privacy and personal information. It will be a convenient and easy identification solution that is made with the security and encryption necessary for today’s highly digitized world, which protects personal data while performing secure transactions and accessing online services.

Over time, Ontario’s Digital ID will open up more opportunities for individuals and businesses across all business sectors. This initiative is yet another way that the government is working with the marketplace to support economic growth, new investments and technological innovation.

Today, Kaleed Rasheed, Associate Minister of Digital Government, shared an update on the government’s plan in a virtual conversation with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Ontario’s digital future.
“Openly sharing our technology approach to digital identity is an essential step in our plan to provide more convenient, private and secure ways to prove who you are,” said Minister Rasheed. “Today’s announcement responds directly to what we continue to hear from sector partners, stakeholders and the public – Ontario’s approach to technology needs to be ambitious, innovative and transparent.”

Ontario’s Digital ID will use emerging technology standards and, wherever possible, publicly available open source solutions. Key principles that will underpin Ontario’s digital identity program include compliance with current industry standards and laws, including Ontario's Digital Service Standard and Anti-Racism Data Standards.

“Our Ontario Onwards: Action Plan first announced our government’s goal to make Ontario the most advanced digital jurisdiction in the world – all in the service of the people of this province,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “The release of Ontario’s Digital ID later this year will be an exciting step towards transforming and modernizing government services in an increasingly digital world.”

Ontario prepares to launch digital ID program and here's how it works

From link.


Ontario is preparing to launch a digital identification program in the coming months, meaning people will no longer need to carry a physical driver’s licence or health card.

According to the government, Ontario's digital identification program is scheduled to launch in late 2021.

On Wednesday, the province unveiled more information about the program, saying it will be a "convenient and easy identification solution" for Ontarians.


Ontarians will be able to have an electronic version of their trusted government ID – like driver's licences and health cards – which the government says is more safe and secure.

Your ID will be stored in a digital wallet app, which will be available for download onto smartphones and other devices like tablets and laptops.

The digital ID will allow people and businesses prove who they are both online and in person.

According to the government, the digital ID will offer more privacy to users.

"For example, if you need to show you are age of majority, the verifier will only know you are over 18, not your date of birth or actual age," the government says.

The digital ID is not stored in a central database and is only saved on your own personal mobile device, which can be turned off remotely if stolen.

The government says digital ID is not a tracking device and it will not keep track of where you've used your ID.


Ontarians will be able to use their digital ID in a wide range of locations.

The government says "it will take years to unlock the full potential of digital ID" but has provided a list of where people can use it when the program launches.
Some of the settings include:

  • Making an age-sensitive purchase (like a lottery ticket)
  • Picking up a package at the post office
  • Apply for government assistance (such as disability support) or benefits (such as CERB or EI)
  • Access and use vaccination records
  • Open a bank account
  • Make a medical appointment
  • Visit a doctor
  • Access medical records online
  • Get, renew or replace a driver’s licence
  • Apply for, renew or replace a health card
  • Renew or replace a licence plate sticker
As a business, the digital ID can be used for:

  • Hiring new employees
  • Proving business identity or verify those of other businesse
  • Open business accounts
  • Apply for loans, grants, tax credits
  • Verify customers' identity
Click here for a more extensive list of where a digital ID can be used.


The government has not yet launched the digital ID program.

When it does become available, people will download the Ontario digital wallet app to their mobile device or computer.

They will then sign up for the program and verify their ID either online or in person.

Users will then be able to add ID cards to their digital wallet and it will be ready for use.
Maybe the Digital ID and vaccine passport are in the same app?

BTW. Ontario started working on Digital ID back in 2016.
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