Public Works News

MTO Announces Release of Updated OTM Book 7 – Temporary Conditions

As previously announced, the new edition of the OTM Book 7 has recently been released.  At this time electronic versions of the Office and Field Editions are only available via “download” from the Ministry Website; printed versions should be available from the Ontario government bookstore in several weeks.  The official announcement including download links can be found here.

A summary of all the changes in the 2022 edition can be found here.

At this time AORS is developing a revised Book 7 training course containing all the revisions and additions contained in this new edition.  As well, we are currently working on a short presentation that highlights the new guidelines and revisions to the Book, with plans for release of both this fall.  There will be a transition period until mid December to allow staff to be trained to the new requirements.

As far as Municipal Operations are concerned, there is very little change to current processes and guidelines for the actual design, Traffic Protection Plan, and Set Up and Removal of devices regarding Temporary Conditions. Much of the revisions in the new edition are in the nomenclature used.

Please be reminded that Book 7 is a Guideline; the Ministry of Labour only enforces the Regulations regarding Traffic Control found in the OHSA (Construction and Industrial Regulations).

If your Municipality continues to follow the OHSA Requirements and the Guidelines in the 2014 edition of Book 7 you should not have an issue for the remainder of the 2022 Construction Season.

We will be happy to provide you with the Update and Full Course as soon as it is available.


Will Electronic Logging Device requirements impact you?

AORS has been asked to lobby the Provincial government for a special exemption from the requirement for electronic logging devices in municipal vehicles under HTA reg. 555/06 which can be found here:    https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/060555  (go to “electronic logging devices” for information).  After review of the legislation and other research by AORS staff it is not clear that exemptions are required for municipal vehicles.  There will be exemptions for emergency response.

Nonetheless, to help us determine if any action should take on behalf of our membership, we ask that you please complete this short survey to better understand how municipalities might be impacted by the new requirements.

We thank you in advance for your time and commitment to ensuring the association fully understands our members’ needs.


National Public Works Week, May 16-22

In partnership with the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA), AORS asks all our members and stakeholders to help celebrate National Public Works Week on May 16-22.

NPWW is a time to celebrate and recognize those tens of thousands of men and women in public works here in Ontario and across our Nation.

NPWW is often accompanied with resolutions and proclamations from provincial and municipal governments.  Please consider asking your Council to issue a proclamation officially recognizing NPWW. To assist you, you can download a reference letter and proclamation_template that you can send to your Clerk.  We would greatly appreciate the support of your municipality.

Alternatively (or in addition) – The OPWA would also welcome a video message from your Public Works Department for their NPWW event.  It would be a great way to show support and recognition of your employees and the thousands of public works professionals across the Province. If you municipality is planning some activity to celebrate NPWW (virtual, of course), please inform John Maheu so we can help promote it.

For more info, visit the OPWA website:  http://ontario.cpwa.net/


Support Improved Safety for Snow Plows and Waste Collection Vehicles and Crews

Do you support improved safety for snow plows, waste collection vehicles, and other road service vehicles, and the crews that work on them?  Would you support legislation that would require drivers to slow down and/or move over when approaching and passing these vehicles when stopped, similar to what is required for emergency vehicles and tow trucks?  Legislation was introduced twice:  Bill 171 2016 and Bill 42 2016, both proposed Acts to amend the Highway Traffic Act with respect to waste collection vehicles and snow plows.  Both died on the order table after passing first reading.

Many AORS members and Ontario municipalities strongly believe the Act should be reintroduced by the current provincial government.  If you agree, please complete this survey and add your voice to the call for improved safety for municipal workers and contractors.

Thank You

The AORS Board of Directors


AORS Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

As we continue to deal with the 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 2021 Municipal Public Works Trade Show – Postponed to 2022

AORS and the Simcoe County Road Supervisor Association, the hosts of the 2021 Trade Show, made the difficult decision to cancel the trade show this year, yet again.  After consulting with the hosts of the 2022 and 2023 shows, and with the approval of the Board of Directors, it was decided to postpone each of those events by one more year.  Hence, the 2022 trade show will be held in Barrie, hosted by the Simcoe County Road Supervisors Association; the 2023 trade show will be held in Strathroy, hosted by the Middlesex County Public Works Association; and the 2024 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 2021 show for their loyalty and support, and look forward to seeing them in 2022 instead.  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.  

Stay tuned for an announcement on a virtual Public Works Marketplace to be launched later in 2021.  

AORS 2021 Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo

A decision on the status of the 2021 Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo will be made at a later date, dependent on group gathering restrictions, and whether the Local Associations are able to hold local Roadeos in the coming months. 

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.

Where feasible, training programs have been adapted for online delivery.  These may be either as live webinars, scheduled on specific dates, or as prerecorded / self-paced modules that students can complete at their convenience.  AORS believes the networking, relationship building, and interaction between students and instructors that occur during in-person training are often as valuable as the course content.    So where possible, we’ve tried to incorporate these into the online sessions as well.

Not all training lends itself to online delivery, such as equipment operator or chainsaw safety training.  There may also be occasions when in-person training can be delivered to a small group, possibly as a hybrid of online and in-person.  Whenever in-person training is offered, we will do so in full compliance with public health guidelines or government directives on group gatherings, social distancing and disinfecting.

You can visit our Upcoming Seminars page for a list of scheduled training, check out the full complement of training available here, and contact Dennis O’Neil or Michelle Poirier for more info or to request a proposal.  

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 our quality programs.  Their health and safety are paramount. We continue to monitor and implement government guidelines for maintaining a safe workplace.  At this time, most staff continue to work from home or on site as required, with just one person at the office most days.  Thank you for 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.