John Niedra Better Practices Competition and Award

The John Niedra Better Practices award showcases the ingenuity of municipal employees.  OGRA holds an annual competition to recognize innovations and achievements that improve the efficiency of municipal transportation and public works services and operations.  Categories include Innovative Service Delivery, Innovative Management Practices, and Innovative Equipment.

Past Winners


Innovative Management Practices
City of Markham and City of Richmond Hill

Joint research and development project with industry, Visual Defence, on automatic pothole detection.

Press Release


Equipment Innovation/Made In-House Solution
Town of Hearst

Grader modification to improve gravel shoulder drop-off repairs

Press Release


Innovative Service Delivery
York Region

Low Impact Development (LID) project on Leslie Street