Background

Congress Sponsors

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.

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.