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What's New in RAQS

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Updated: 19-Apr-2022 MTO Fisheries Protocol Training 


See attached invitation for session information and registration instructions. Registration can be done following this web link. The invitation document is available in English only.


This training session consists of self-study modules and three (3) online sessions which will provide the technical training required for Engineering Services Provider staff wishing to become registered MTO Fisheries Specialists.  Services Providers who intend to work for MTO and who meet the formal education and experience qualifications in the Protocol, must take this training and pass a written knowledge assessment before being able to qualify for these specialties.

The training session will be delivered in English only.

Updated: 14-Apr-2022 New Survey Specialty - RPAS / UAS (Drone) Surveys 

New Survey Specialty - RPAS / UAS (Drone) Surveys

The Geomatics Office is introducing a new survey specialty for procuring existing terrain data for planning and design purposes by means of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as UAS or Drone.   Such surveys could be undertaken for small sites or rush situations where use of a large aircraft is less practical.  Criteria for pre-registration are provided in the document here.

Updated: 12-Apr-2022 ESP CPR Starter Scores 

The Starter Corporate Performance Ratings (CPRs) for the most recent calculation date, April 1, 2022, are as follows:

  • Construction Administration:  4.26
  • Engineering:  4.08
  • Engineering Material Testing:  3.83
  • Planning:  3.90
  • Small Value Assignment:  3.00

A Starter CPR is made available to RAQS-registered Engineering Service Providers with no performance appraisals approved in the last three years. The CPR is calculated on a quarterly basis, at the beginning of the first business day of January, April, July and October.  

Updated: 18-Mar-2022 Qualification Committee Procedures 

An updated version of the Qualification Committee Procedures has been posted on the MTO Technical Publications website under the Qualification tab.

The following is a high-level summary of changes to the document:

  • Changes resulting from MTO Transformation
  • Potential decision actions for bid withdrawals
  • Added the Poor Performance thresholds for individual CPR attributes
  • Added language for Qualification Committee to review unbalanced bid situations and potential actions for decisions
  • Added a template for reporting Poor Performance in Appendix A

Updated: 18-Mar-2022 Quality Control Generic Category Plans 

Engineering Service Providers (ESP) Prequalified with the Ministry - Revised Quality Control (QC) Generic Category Plan Templates

Effective February 10, 2022, the Quality Control (QC) Generic Category Plan Templates for Ministry assignments in Planning / Engineering / CA and related Services have been revised.

Upon the renewal of the ESP firm’s qualifications, all firm’s must update their Quality Control Generic Category plans to conform to the QC Generic Category plan process and template requirements dated February 2022, and to bring their plans up to date.

Please review the RAQS Qualification Procedures for ESP's by clicking the below link:

Click the 'Qualification' tab and scroll down to the 'Qualification Procedures for Engineering Service Providers (ESPs) - Aug 2021' and 'Quality Control Generic Category Plan Templates for Engineering Service - February 2022’ documents.

Updated: 10-Jan-2022 Non-Employee COVID-19 Requirements  
New Vaccination & Testing Requirements for Non-Employees

Updated: 10-Sep-2021 MTO Technical Consultation Portal  

The Ministry of Transportation is pleased to announce the launch of the new MTO Technical Consultation Portal.


The portal will make it easier and more efficient for you and others to share feedback using a one-window approach. Features of the portal that will benefit users include the ability to:


·         customize preferences​;

·         search for information​;

·         access frequently visited topics to make reviewing new information faster; and​

·         set up notifications on specific areas of interest.


The portal will also house information on committees, committee minutes, policies and procedure documents, links to construction and engineering contracts, links to information on training and education seminars and links to finalized standards, specifications and policies.


The ministry appreciates all of the input from our stakeholders through all of the phases of the portal development. The round table discussions surveys and comments provided on the working prototypes were invaluable.


This new consultation portal is based on the Environmental Registry of Ontario model. Its specifications will meet the needs of stakeholders and committee members who will access the new website to provide comments on Ontario’s road building and maintenance processes and standards.


The MTO Technical Consultation Portal will be used going forward to seek input into the development of technical design standards and specifications.


The Portal is intended to supplement existing processes and MTO will also continue consulting with stakeholders through the established committee process. However, you will be asked to begin providing comments through the MTO Technical Consultation Portal.


If there are any questions, please contact the MTO Technical Consultation Portal’s Project Manager, Paula Berketo at or 905-601-2590.