Partnership Brings Free Ontario Traffic Manual Training to Ontario Municipalities

Princeton, ON (May 24, 2016) – Frank Cowan Company, in partnership with Ontario Good Roads (OGRA) and the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS), will provide Ontario municipalities with free technical training on Ontario Traffic (OTM) – Book 6.

“We see numerous claims alleging non-conformance with the OTM, such as improper signage, lack of pavement markings and poorly placed chevrons”, says Barb Szychta, VP, Risk Management Services at Frank Cowan Company. “We decided to take the lead and help municipalities close off a litigation avenue by providing a series of training workshops.”

The sessions will educate participants on the various types of claims that are being reported, the principles of positive guidance, the types of hazards requiring road signs and the principles that must be followed when placing a chevron alignment sign. Municipalities with predominately rural roads and/or a rural/urban mix will benefit the most.

“Correct signage and monitoring to ensure we are meeting our MMS obligations is a related essential component of road safety”, says Robert Burlie, President of Ontario Good Roads Association. “OGRA is pleased to partner with Frank Cowan Company in bringing this important training initiative to municipalities, and we hope many of our members will take advantage of this unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the Ontario Traffic Manual.”

Greg Demers, CRS-I, AORS President says, “To keep roads in a state of repair is not just limited to providing a safe driving surface. The duty of care for Municipalities extends to the road design which includes pavement markings & placement of correct signage to provide positive guidance for drivers. AORS has partnered with OGRA and Frank Cowan Company to provide a series of essential Ontario Traffic Manual/OTM (Book 6; Warning Signs) training courses for Ontario public works personnel.”

About Frank Cowan Company

Frank Cowan Company is a Canadian leader in providing specialized insurance programs, including risk management and claims services for municipalities and public service, healthcare, education, community, children’s and social service organizations across Canada. Proven industry knowledge, gained through 87 years of partnering with insurance companies and independent brokers, gives Frank Cowan Company the ability to effectively manage the necessary risk, advisory and claims services for both standard and complex issues. Frank Cowan Company’s head office is located in Princeton, Ontario with a branch office in Cambridge, Ontario. Clients and broker partners receive support out of both locations. For additional information about Frank Cowan Company visit

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