Consulting MTO Offices


Contract Management Office

The Contract Management Office is responsible for:

  • Administration of the contractual agreements with service providers for the design and construction of the provincial highway network
  • Pre-qualifying contractors for bidding on construction and maintenance projects
  • Finalizing and distributing the contract documents to potential bidders
  • Preparing estimates for the work, receives the bids and awards the work
  • Developing contract administration guidelines and automated tools for the effective management of planning, design and contract administration consultant assignments, as well as for the oversight of construction contracts.


Corridor Management Office

The Corridor Management Office is responsible for legislation, policy and guidelines for Highway Corridor Management. Two primary functions – Land Development Review (municipal land use planning matters, development applications to municipality) and Highway Corridor Management Permits (application review and administration).


Geomatics Office

What we do:

  • Develop and establish policies, standards, and guidelines for geomatics activities and products.
  • Produce or process photogrammetric, cartographic, and GIS plans and maps, and fundamental control survey data.
  • Quality check and approve survey-related legal boundary plans and other documents for highway corridor land acquisition, expropriation, transfer and disposal.


Maintenance Management Office

The Maintenance Management Office is responsible for year-round maintenance of Ontario’s provincial highway network including snow and ice control, incident response, emergency repairs, electrical maintenance, bridge scaling, pavement markings etc.


Highway Design Office

The Highway Design Office has two sections:

  • Design Standards

The Design Standards Section develops policies, standards, guidelines and procedures for civil engineering, highway design and drainage design for provincial highways. It develops standards for highway geometrics, construction, design drainage, hydrology, landscape architecture, safety and new products.

  • Standards Management

The Standards Management Section (SMS) manages the development and implementation of specifications and documentation such as the Ontario Provincial Standards, Special Provisions, MTO Drawings, the Contract Design Estimating and Documentation (CDED) Manual, the Designated Sources for Materials (DSM) list, administration of the information in the Contract Preparation System (CPS), in the Technical Consultation Portal (TCP) and in the Technical Publications website.


Traffic Office

The Traffic Office leads the development and implementation of policies, standards and guidelines for the design and application of traffic control and management on all roads within the Province of Ontario. The Traffic Office is also responsible for the development, review and interpretation of traffic guidelines and best practices for traffic operations and safety reviews on the provincial highway network.


Engineering Materials Office

The Engineering Materials Office (EMO) is responsible for:

  • Development of technical policy and standards related to engineering materials, including implementation and maintenance of material and construction specifications, and operational documents
  • Specialized laboratory testing and investigations
  • Evaluation and implementation of new technologies, products, processes and equipment
  • Coordination and participation in laboratory correlation programs
  • Conducting laboratory inspections, reviews, certification programs, referee monitoring, Registry, Appraisal and Qualification System (RAQS) registration, and pre-qualification of service providers
  • Liaison with external stakeholders, including industry, researchers and universities, national and international standards committees, municipalities, other transportation agencies and the public
  • Providing direction in the areas of specialized materials design, laboratory testing, performance evaluation and failure investigation
  • Providing expert technical advice, support, leadership, training and technology transfer to various ministry offices and external stakeholders


Structures Office

Development and support of standards and specifications for design and construction of new structures to ensure structures are economical and adhere to codes and industry best practices.

  • Develop and maintain design & construction standards, procedures, design aids and standard drawings

            - Structural Manual, Sign Support Manual and Culvert Manual

            - New standards for precast girders, expansion joints, bearings, traffic barriers, high mast light poles, etc.

  • Develop and maintain Ontario Provincial Standard Specifications (OPSS), Ontario Provincial Standard Drawings (OPSD) related to structures

            - Develop and maintain Special Provisions related to structures

            - Contract Preparation System (CPS) issues related to structures

            - Designated Sources for Materials (DSM) Custodianship

  • Procedures for the Design of High Mast Pole Foundations
  • Highway Design and Safety issues related to structures
  • Provide technical advice and training to regions on bridge/culvert/sign support construction and standards issues