About Us

Mission Statement

The Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) promotes professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge regarding public works in Ontario.

Who We Are

OPWA is a not-for-profit organization of professional public works practitioners. Our organization is the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) and the American Public Works Association (APWA). Our membership consists of approximately 630 public works practitioners employed by the Federal and Provincial governments, municipalities, consulting engineers, utility companies, contractors and suppliers. We are the largest Canadian Chapter in the American Public Works Association, and consistently one of the Chapter leaders in growth, outreach and innovation. Our membership has the broadest range of interests and expertise in the public works industry. Membership in APWA is in excess of 28,000 throughout North America, making it the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world. APWA is based in Kansas City, with a branch offices in Washington DC and Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please visit the website at www.apwa.net.

Economic Contribution to Ontario

Our public sector members are generally employed by Ontario’s municipalities, representing greater than 90% of the population. Our private sector members directly employ more than 20,000 professional and highly-skilled positions. Collectively, we represent close to 50 years of participation in the growth of Ontario’s economy by building and operating infrastructure facilities across the Province. Our work has direct social and economic impact on the well-being of the people of Ontario.

Key Activities

One of the strategic objectives of OPWA is to Liaise with Federal and Provincial Ministries on public works and infrastructure matters. Through the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI), OPWA has developed a formal working relationship with four other like-minded technical and professional associations, namely the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA), the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) and the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). OPWA has also entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS). OPWA also partners regularly with a number of other organizations such as the Centre for the Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT), the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO), the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), the Ontario Assocoation of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and the Ontario Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). By working closely with these associations, OPWA provides its members with additional avenues for advocacy, awareness, education and training. We also actively promote the following:

  • The development of Best Practices through the National Guide for Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure and the Ontario Centre for Best Practices;
  • Sponsoring training seminars and teleconferences;
  • Participating in the APWA National Congress and the Annual Snow Conference;
  • Promoting National Public Works Week (NPWW), held the third week of May every year
  • Sponsoring public works expositions
  • Providing networking opportunities through our various events