Public Works News

AORS Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world grapples with the quickly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, AORS is making adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our members, clients, staff, contractors and other stakeholders, their families, and the many communities they all serve so selflessly.  This remains our top priority.

AORS 2020 Municipal Public Works Trade Show

AORS and the Simcoe County Road Supervisor Association, the hosts of the 2020 Trade Show, have made the difficult decision to cancel the trade show this year.  After consulting with the hosts of the 2021 and 2022 shows, and with the approval of the Board of Directors, we have decided to postpone each of those events by one year.  Hence, the 2021 trade show will be held in Barrie, hosted by the Simcoe County Road Supervisors Association; the 2022 trade show will be held in Strathroy, hosted by the Middlesex County Public Works Association; and the 2023 trade show will be held in Cornwall, hosted by the Eastern Ontario Road Supervisors Association.  We want to thank the many suppliers who had committed to exhibit at the 2020 show for their loyalty and support, and look forward to seeing them in 2021 instead.  We will be in communication with them directly regarding next steps.  We also want to thank the many volunteer members of the Simcoe County Road Supervisors Association who worked diligently to plan the event.  Their hard work will not go to waste as they look forward to hosting the trade show in Barrie next year.  

AORS Training Events

AORS and our training partners are committed to delivering the quality training that our members and their staff need to provide the essential services their municipalities expect, safely and efficiently.  We will do so in full compliance with public health guidelines or government directives on group gatherings, also taking into consideration the availability of instructors and training venues, travel restrictions, and sufficient demand for individual training events to make them viable.  As these are changing daily, we will make adjustments as needed.  

When we do proceed with in-person training, we will implement protocols around distancing and disinfecting. 

At this time, all in-person training in March and April is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date where practicable.  Future training events will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

Online delivery options are under development for the following courses:  CVOR for Supervisors, Supervisor Due Diligence, Gravel Road School, and Rural Road Maintenance. 

As mentioned, the situation will be monitored closely, and adjustments made as necessary.  All impacted students will be contacted directly.

AORS Staff, Contractors and Volunteers

Those of you familiar with AORS know that we operate with a skeleton staff, and depend on a network of contractors and dedicated volunteers to deliver quality programs.  Their health and safety are paramount, and we are implementing measures to protect these.  In compliance with the Ontario government directive that all non-essential businesses be closed, the AORS office will be closed until further notice.  Staff will work from home, but we will not be operating at full capacity nor have access to all the files and systems we normally use.  We may not be able to tend to all matters as quickly as we’d like, and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through these challenging times.   Please send any requests for information to admin@aors.on.ca, and we will respond as soon as possible.