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The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) is an Ontario government ministry responsible for transport infrastructure and law in the Canadian province of Ontariomarker.

Role and responsibilities

The ministry is responsible for:
  • 10.4 million registered vehicles
  • 8.5 million drivers
  • 55 driver examination centres & 37 travel points (both operated by Serco DES Inc, as DriveTest Centres)
  • 281 privately owned Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Offices across the province
  • GO Transit

The current Minister of Transportation is the Honourable Jim Bradley.

The ministry was gradually created and re-created from a number of other ministries and departments:

  • Provincial Road Building Instructor, 1896-1916
  • Provincial Department of Public Highways, 1916-1920s
  • Motor Vehicles Branch, 1920s-1971
  • Department of Highways (DHO), 1920s-1971
  • Department of Transportation and Communications (DTC), 1971-72
  • Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC), 1972-87
  • Ministry of Transportation (MTO), 1987-date

A list of ministers:

Road maintenance and emergency services

While policing on MTO managed roads is provided by the Ontario Provincial Police, certain law enforcement functions are provided by MTO Transportation Enforcement Officers and Ministry of Environment Emissions Enforcement Officers.

Maintenance work is performed in two different ways:1. In Maintenance Outsource areas, where MTO staff monitor the road conditions and hire contractors on an as-need basis.2. In Area Maintenance Contract areas, where one contractor is awarded a contract area and performs all maintenance work except for rehabilitation and new construction.

A list of Area Maintenance contractors currently under contract with the MTO include:

  • TWD Roads Management
  • IMOS(Maintenance performed by Miller Maintenance)
  • Belanger Contracting
  • Pioneer Construction
  • Steed and Evans
  • Cruickshank Construction Limited
  • The 407 ETR Concession Company owns, operates and maintains the entire stretch of highway 407 in the GTA while leasing the highway from the Government of Ontario until the year 2098.

Area Term Contracts (ATC's)

Area Term Contracts are the latest maintenance and constrcution alternative being reviewed by the MTO. ATC's, if they are approved for tender, will cover all maintenance operations now performed by AMC contractors, but will also include annual pavement maintenance and replacement work, bridge rehabilitation, minor capital construction programs and corridor management.

Highway Carrier Safety and Enforcement

Ministry of Transportation Enforcement Officers (TEOs) enforce a variety of provincial highway safety legislation specific to operators of commercial vehicles. Driver hours of service, cargo securement, dangerous goods transportation, weights and dimensions, and vehicle maintenance and roadworthiness are the predominant focus of TEO inspection activities. Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, it’s regulations, the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, and the Dangerous Goods Transportation Act are core pieces of legislation from which TEOs derive their enforcement authorities. TEOs conduct commercial vehicle inspections using a standardized procedure established by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Transportation Enforcement Officers inspect commercial vehicles, their loads, and driver’s qualifications and documentation. They collect evidence, issue provincial offence notices or summons to court for violations, and testify in court.

Transportation Enforcement Officer deployment ranges from highway patrol and Truck Inspection Station (TIS) duties, audits of commercial vehicle operators, inspection and monitoring of bus and motor-coach operators, and the licensing and monitoring of Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations. Blitz-style joint force operations are periodically conducted in concert with provincial and municipal police.

Although many Transportation Enforcement Officers are licensed vehicle mechanics, most are not. TEOs hail from various backgrounds including driver licensing examination, automobile repair, commercial truck driving and other law enforcement agencies.


MTO's headquarters are located on three campuses:

There are five regional offices:

Area offices are located in:


MTO is responsible for testing and issuing licenses for vehicles registered in Ontario.

Ontario Graduated Driver Licensing was introduced as a means to improve driver skills. The G1 level is a learners permit that replaced the former 365 level. The G2 level was introduced as a temporary permit for new drivers. Once the drivers passed the second level of testing they are issued a full license to drive.

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