Public Works News

AORS Volunteer of the Year Award

This award was established by the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors that will be awarded to someone who has made ongoing contributions to the association. This award is meant to recognize the invaluable and outstanding contribution to the municipal sector made by our dedicated volunteers who have made a significant contribution to AORS. The 2023 AORS Volunteer of the Year Award will be the first time AORS has given out this award. 

Selection of the award recipient will be made by the association’s executive based on the criteria listed below.

The nominee must:
• Be a current and active volunteer;
• Be a municipal or supplier member/volunteer (AORS employees and paid instructors are ineligible);
• Have served a minimum of five (5) years as an active volunteer;
• Be an active and dedicated supporter of AORS; and its public works professionals dedicated to providing high-quality public services through certification, educational programs and interaction amongst its members and the strategic goals of the association.

The nomination period will end on February 28, 2023, and the recipient of this annual award will be announced at the Annual General Meeting in April 2023. The nomination form can be printed off and sent to the Executive Director (Mr. John Maheu) at admin@aors.on.ca or can be filled out below.

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

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AORS Book 7 Training Updated to 2022 Requirements

The 2022 version of OTM Book 7 was released in April 2022.  At that time, MTO announced that the effective date for implementing the new requirements for roads under MTO’s jurisdiction and control would be December 16, 2022.  This was presumably to allow time for printed copies of the field and office editions of the 2022 version to become available from the Ontario Government Bookstore.  As of January 3, 2023, the Ontario Government Bookstore shows that printed copies of the office edition will be available for purchase and shipping mid-February, while availability of the field edition is still to be announced.  In the meantime, electronic copies of both editions can be downloaded for free. However, the print editions purchased from the Ontario Government Bookstore will be better quality and more durable than downloading and printing your own copies.

While the December 16, 2022 effective date does not technically apply to roads under municipal jurisdiction, it is highly recommended that municipalities begin implementing the updated requirements as soon as possible.

When AORS delivered Book 7 training in 2022, it was to the requirements of the previous version, since it was unlikely that the trainees would have downloaded and printed copies of the 2022 version.  The trainer did point out where to expect changes once the 2022 version was available and in effect.

AORS has now updated its training to reflect the 2022 version of Book 7 and will use that exclusively going forward.  AORS has also prepared a slide deck that explains the key changes in the 2022 version, as they apply to municipalities.  All municipalities that registered staff for AORS Book 7 training in 2022 will be offered this slide deck free of charge to bring those staff up to date.  Alternatively, they can arrange for AORS to deliver the presentation to their staff, for a fee. These updates will only be available to those municipal employees that received Book 7 training from AORS in 2022.  Roads staff who took Book 7 training prior to 2022, or never, should take the full Book 7 training, updated to the 2022 requirements.  Contact Dennis O’Neil (dennisoneil@aors.on.ca) for more information or to schedule training at a location convenient for you.  Minimum class size applies.  Have just a few people to train?  Live webinars will resume in spring 2023.  Check Upcoming Seminars for dates.  Course fees do not include copies of OTM Book 7.  Students are advised to order or download a copy of the Field Edition and bring it to the course.


MTO Announces DriveON Information Sessions

DriveOn is the new Ontario emission and safety inspection program for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles.

AORS has received several inquiries from members for information about the changes to the requirements for Motor Vehicle inspection Stations, especially the need for new equipment to report test results on line.  This will impact those municipalities that have internal inspection stations.

MTO has announced a series of information sessions to answer questions about these changes.   There will be 2 virtual sessions (December 5 and January 9), as well as numerous in-person sessions November through January, starting in northwestern Ontario in mid November.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  AORS strongly recommends you attend one of these sessions.  Dates and registrations links can be found here, and more information about the program is available on the MTO website.


Attracting Youth to Municipal Public Works

In June, AORS held a Local Association Workshop in conjunction with its summer Board of Directors meeting.  One of the topics discussed was the difficulty some municipalities are having in recruiting and retaining qualified staff, in particular for the public works department.  Among many recommendations, one of the strategies proposed was to promote municipal public works as a desirable career path to Ontario youth.  Regardless of whether a student is planning on attending college or university, or wants to join the workforce right after high school, there are many opportunities in public works that most young people are unaware of.

To help raise awareness, AORS has developed some resources that members can use to promote public works to high school students in their region.  The first is a 4-page brochure that highlights why a young person would want to consider a career in public works, including the wide variety of positions that are available, the different levels of education and disciplines of study that would qualify someone for these positions, and the benefits of working for a municipality.  A web version of the brochure can be found here, and printed copies can be requested from the office.  A poster version is also available that a guidance counsellor or teacher could post on a bulletin board.  It could also be posted at your municipal office, a municipal recreation centre, or anywhere high school students or their parents might gather.

The second resource is a PowerPoint slide deck that members can use to promote municipal public works to young people at a career day at a local high school, or as part of a public works event at their municipality.  It covers the same topics as the brochure, and includes speaker’s notes.  A copy can be downloaded here, and it can be edited to better suit the audience and the particular needs of your municipality.  Members are encouraged to look for opportunities to share this information with local high school students, teachers and guidance counsellors.


AORS Announces the 2022 Driver of the Year

On September 27, 2022, AORS held the 27th Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo in Napanee, ON, hosted by the District 8 Road Supervisors Association.  After a 2-year pandemic pause, Ontario’s municipal snowplow operators were anxious to get out and show off their skills.  From a field of 27 of the best drivers from across the province, the winner of the John Gloor Memorial Trophy was Ben Kipp, the 2022 Driver of the Year.  Ben hails from the Township of Mississippi Mills, and represented the Lanark County Road Supervisors Association at the provincial championship.  Congratulations Ben!

Ben (left) is pictured with AORS 2022 President Bill Wilson.

Congratulations also go to 1st runner up Derrick Duval (United Counties of Prescott-Russell, Eastern Ontario Road Supervisors Association) and 2nd runner up Jonathon Smith (Township of Oro-Medonte, Simcoe County Road Supervisors Association).

Thanks to all the competitors, our hosts District 8, the volunteers, and our generous sponsors.

Click here for more info about the AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo.