About Us

ABOUT US – History About Association

The Provincial Towing Association (Ontario) Inc. was an offshoot of the old Ontario Towing and Recovery Association. The Provincial Towing Association (Ontario) Inc., (PTAO) was incorporated in 1998 and was run by a group of dedicated but busy volunteers. To their credit the ensuing Board of Directors managed to keep the Tow Shows going and get involved in some of the issues that confronted the industry as they became concerns. There was no head office or staff to head up the day to day issues. This very fact added a lot of pressure and consumed a lot of the Board of Directors’ valuable time.


In 2003-2004 a new Board was elected and during several board meetings a plan was put into place to hire a part time Executive Director to re-organize the Association, clean up any issues, produce a business plan and deal with the day to day issues as they presented themselves.

To this end, and due to the retirement from business of one of the directors, an Executive Director was hired on a part time basis. The new Executive Director was Doug Nelson of who had been recently hired on a part time basis by the Ontario Recovery Group. In considering the new position and the future of the PTAO, a head office was established in Bracebridge which would ultimately become the head office for three identities being the PTAO, the ORG and Doug Nelson Limited. The leased premises were cleaned, renovated, painted and furnished with the help of some of the Board members. A new office and training centre emerged and a grand opening was held on September 9th, 2005. The opening was attended by the MPP, for Muskoka, the Mayor of Bracebridge, the OPP, and the MTO in addition to both Boards of Directors. The future of the PTAO and ORG just got brighter.

Mission Statement

  • To gather, analyze and inform members of relevant news, conditions and information impacting the industry
  • To promote and encourage fair, courteous and ethical business practices by members of the Corporation with their customers, colleagues and members of the public
  • To develop and maintain a minimum standard of business skills to which all members will adhere
  • To maintain discipline among the members of the Corporation
  • To promote uniformity in usage, custom and trade conditions
  • To furnish means and facilities by which members of the Corporation may increase their knowledge, skill and efficiency in all things related to the business of towing and recovery of motor vehicles and incidental businesses
  • To make representations to all levels of government and agencies on behalf of the members of the Corporation respecting the enactment – repeal – administration of legislation and regulations affecting the business of towing and recovery of motor vehicles

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