FEATURE | STANDARDS ONTARIO PROVINCIAL STANDARDS ARE MADE FOR LIFE IN ONTARIO R CHEPKO DANIL VITALEVICH/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM BY JAMES CARELESS, SPECIAL TO ONTARIO PIPELINE 8 | O N T A R I O P I P E L I N E | FALL 2018 einventing the wheel: That's what some municipalities are doing when they create their own technical specification standards and product lists at a tremendous cost to themselves, when they could just be using peer-reviewed Ontario Provincial Standards (OPS) instead. Designed to cover all aspects of building municipal infrastructure in Ontario, the OPS is a harmonized set of technical specification standards. It was devised by the Ministry of Transport of Ontario (MTO) in the 1970s. Today, the OPS is administered and promoted by the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA). It shares ownership of the OPS with the MTO on a 50/50 basis.