In the early 1980’s the students’ fight against impaired driving began with a handful of dedicated students, police officers and teachers, and support from the Drinking and Driving Countermeasures Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
In 1987 the OSAID program began. After establishing a Board of Director’s and Student Advisory Committee, they received grants from Health and Welfare Canada to begin publication of an OSAID newsletter, to hire a Provincial Coordinator, and to establish a central office.
Since 1989 OSAID has grown from 100 to over 300 secondary school chapters. The office acts as a support hub for all OSAID groups needing information and resources. Every year OSAID hosts a Provincial Conference and in 1993, 2004, 2011 and 2013 hosted the National Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving conference. All OSAID’s work supports everyone who is working to stop the number one killer of youth.