OTC Guidelines

This Guide provides background knowledge to assist municipalities (and other public and private agencies) with initiating effective Vision Zero programs, or to expand and enhance existing Vision Zero programs,
or other road safety programs and action plans. This Guide is based on best practices implementing the principles and pillars of the Safe System approach and positive traffic safety culture, in conjunction with proven strategies to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. Public agencies (i.e., municipalities regardless of the size or nature of their roadways – urban, suburban, or rural) making decisions on how best to invest their available funds toward substantial and quantifiable safety improvements for all road users comprise the main audience for this Guide. All professionals responsible for the planning, design, construction, and management of transportation infrastructure, traffic law enforcement, public health, transportation policy development, and emergency services will find relevant information in this Guide. This Guide also forms a useful resource for the public, non-government agencies, educators, students, and other private and public agencies who are interested in learning about Vision Zero.

The Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) has played a significant leadership role in assisting jurisdictions in Ontario to embrace the Vision Zero and Safe System approaches. In this effort, the OTC has commissioned the development of this comprehensive Vision Zero Guide and several supporting resources that can be used by municipalities regardless of their size or the nature of their roadways. It is anticipated that this Guide and supporting resources will also provide meaningful value for other public and private agencies in Canada.

Access the Member version HERE This version is password protected. Please email traffic@otc.org for access.

Since the enactment of the Safer School Zones Act, 2017, the Ontario Traffic Council has been
working with interested municipalities alongside the MTO through an ASE Working Group on the
implementation of automated speed enforcement in Ontario. The legislation authorizes the use
of automated speed enforcement in school zones and community safety zones. Automated
speed enforcement, commonly referred to as ASE, is the use of a device that consists of a camera,
a speed measurement device and technology that operate in combination to result in images of
motor vehicles being taken, and data recorded, when a motor vehicle travels on a road way past
the device at a rate of speed greater than the posted speed limit. The operation of the device
does not require that a human be present or on site.
The OTC ASE Working have worked to develop a transparent, consistent, sustainable ASE
program as a road safety tool for Ontario municipalities. Considerable research was undertaken
to determine how automated speed enforcement was introduced in other jurisdictions both
within Canada and across North America. The legislative authority for Automated Speed
Enforcement was enacted effective December 1, 2019. Various communication platforms have
been developed by the OTC to inform the public with regards to the automated speed
enforcement program in Ontario. One example is the microsite: aseontario.com. The public has
the right to expect a fair and transparent automated speed enforcement program that is
consistent across Ontario and that generates charges based on the proper use of a device that
meets the requirements of the Automated Speed Enforcement Regulation and the application of
other, clear guidelines. Open and transparent communication with the public is viewed as
essential to the success of the program.
Please visit https://www.aseontario.com/ for more information about Automated Speed Enforcement Guidelines.
The Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) prepared a School Crossing Guard Guide (SCGG) in 2006 for use by municipalities across the province.  Since that time, new guidelines and manuals have been produced, the Highway Traffic Act has been amended and new best practices have emerged. Members of the OTC decided it was time to undertake a comprehensive update of the SCGG to reflect the changes in policy and best practice.  Members also expressed a strong desire to ensure that the SCGG is easy to understand, justified in its guidance and straightforward to implement.

The OTC has prepared a new edition of the School Crossing Guard Guide to be released in the first quarter of 2023.

OTC MMLOS – Analysis Tool
Guideline and Appendix-PRINT

The 2021 Multi-modal Level of Service guidelines(MMLOS guidelines) are an Ontario Traffic Council (OTC)reference manual
containing the methodology for the evaluation of the level of service provided by streets and intersections to travelers.
using all modes of travel. The guidelines allow transportation professionals to make design and operational decisions for
streets and intersections that align with municipal goals and network strategies.
The OTC MMLOS guidelines methodology is applicable to facilities operated by single, upper, and lower-tier municipalities
across Ontario. The guidelines can be adopted by municipalities in their entirety or to act as a foundation for municipalities
to generate or update their own MMLOS analysis methodology. The MMLOS guidelines are consistent with the intent of
the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and reflect the current best practices in the Province of Ontario.

The OTC is pleased to announce the publication of the Restaurant Patio Guidelines within the Right of Way.
This Guideline provides information and best practices for municipalities looking to develop a Restaurant Patio program and for those municipalities with existing programs to benchmark against best practices, recommended set-ups and safety products.

The OTC would like to thank CIMA+, the Steering Committee and our technical advisors for their work in developing this timely Guideline.

If you have any questions please direct these to Geoff Wilkinson at geoff@otc.org