TAC Road Safety Engineering Award

This award recognizes a TAC member organization for an outstanding road safety engineering initiative that has contributed to improved safety on Canadian roadways. Winners have considered road safety needs in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of roadway infrastructure, while aiming to advance the practice and guidelines for road safety engineering.

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Application and Evaluation

TAC member organizations must submit an abstract by November 30 to be considered for the following year’s award. Short-listed finalists will be invited to submit a detailed application (maximum 7 pages of text, plus photos and diagrams) by January 31.

Members of TAC's Road Safety Committee will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

  • Realized or anticipated benefits (50 points) – Applications should provide sufficient detail to understand the project or initiative’s safety justification and the magnitude of the safety impact, including details of the reliability of safety performance results and the sustainability of road safety improvements. It is important to explain how potential safety benefits were estimated, and include resources the organization intends to commit to ensure that the safety goal will be achieved.
  • Degree of innovation (30 points) – Innovation should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens. This may apply to innovative technological advancements, processes, public consultation, financing and project delivery, or leadership in collaboration with enforcement, education, other levels of government, academia, or the private sector. Relevant innovative communication and promotional activities associated with the project or initiative may be included.
  • Transferability to other Canadian communities and organizations (20 points) – Applications should clearly describe how the project or initiative is applicable and/or transferable to other Canadian communities and organizations. This can be enhanced by including a statement on how the project can contribute to the National Road Safety Vision, or a provincial/territorial strategic safety plan.

Key Dates

  • November 30 – Deadline for abstracts to be considered for next year’s award
  • December 15 – Finalists selected and notified
  • January 31 – Deadline for detailed applications
  • May 1 – Winner announced


  • Each award will be the subject of a dedicated TAC webinar, where all finalists will present their initiatives. Detailed award applications will also be published through the TAC Library online catalogue.
  • Detailed applications become the property of TAC, which may publish and/or distribute them.
  • Submission of an abstract implies that approval from employer(s) and/or client(s) has been received; applications submitted without approval will be deemed non-compliant.

Previous Recipients

2020 British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Road Weather Information System and Variable Message Sign Integration


City of Calgary
Traffic Calming Curbs


City of London
Vision Zero - London Road Safety Strategy

SNC Lavalin
Safety Swing Arm to Prevent Collisions with Snow Plows


British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
Variable Speed Limit System


City of Toronto
Curb Radii Design Guidelines


City of Calgary
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons Pilot Project

A TAC Road Safety Engineering Award Honourable Mention was also attributed to Parsons Inc.for its turbo roundabout project.


Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and partners
Road Safety Benefits of British Columbia’s High Risk Corridor Program


Ministère des Transports du Québec
Photo Radar and Red Light Camera System


Ville de Montréal
Initiative to Reduce the Speed Limit to 40 km/h on Some Local Streets


Alberta Transportation
High-tension Median Cable Barrier Program


Ministère des Transports du Québec
Québec's Road Safety Initiatives


Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Advancements in Winter Road Safety