Virtual Learning Opportunity from ZOLL
Many Ontario Paramedics have been struggling to complete self-directed CME (Continuing Medical Education) hours due to COVID-19.
The OPA has partnered with ZOLL to create some FREE CME sessions for Ontario Paramedics.
Paramedic Legal Protection
Membership now includes Paramedic Legal Protection for Full Paramedic Members ($22/month) and Associate Members ($19/month). Your membership will include:
- Ontario Paramedic Association membership
- Paramedic Association of Canada Membership
- Canadian Paramedicine Magazine
- Paramedic Legal Protection
Please read this very important information to find out more.
OPA Graphic License Plates
OPA License Plate Rebates are available for members across Ontario.
1) Just get yourself some plates from Service Ontario
2) Go to your Member Login
3) Submit a License Plate Rebate
We send members back $40 for putting a set of OPA plates on your ride.
MEDIA RELEASE - Ontario Paramedics partner with Feed Ontario
The OPA is launching the #BankThePandemicPay initiative to assist food banks across Ontario with the resources required to continue being a vital lifeline for those in need.
Eligible paramedics, who are working more than 100 hours per month are encouraged to donate their $250 per month lump sum pandemic premium to Feed Ontario.
This donation will play an integral role in getting food into the hands of Ontarians who need it most.
MEDIA RELEASE - Paramedics Essential to Ontario's Frontlines
It was recently announced that frontline workers would receive a “pandemic premium” for the next 16 weeks in light of COVID-19. The list of eligible frontline workers released on Friday April 24 did not include paramedics.
The Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) is concerned this decision sends the wrong message to frontline healthcare workers that were excluded from the list.
Supporting the Health and Wellness of Paramedics and their Families During COVID - 19
a balance between rest, nutrition, movement and emotional health is important for the Paramedic and their loved
ones to maintain in order to avoid physical and emotional depletion.
The OPA Wellness Committee is working to bring you information to help support you and your family in this time of need.
OPA - Thank you e-gift card from North City Insurance
From your friends at North City Insurance Brokers, we would like to thank you for your service, especially during these more challenging times.
In recognition of your unwavering dedication and bravery, all paid OPA members have been sent a token of our gratitude - it's the least we could do!
NOTE: Members who unsubscribed their email will not receive this offer.
Frontline Support for Ontario Paramedic Crews
Ontario Paramedics are facing unique challenges during COVID-19, so a variety of organizations are showing appreciation for the monumental risks Ontario Paramedics are taking each and every day.
Community stakeholders see you, and want you to know that you matter.
Firehouse Subs Feeds Ontario Paramedics Day
On Wednesday April 8th, Firehouse Subs franchisees are donating a box lunch to every Ontario Paramedic that visits our restaurants. Box lunches include a delicious sub, chips, cookie, and a pickle.
We kindly ask that you call your local restaurant 15 minutes in advance so they can have your order packed up and ready to go for you!
*Please ensure that you have your uniform or OASIS ID with you to redeem
Update Your Personal Info
The OPA will be sending gift cards to support our members across Ontario. Your login email and mailing address must be up-to-date.
Click here for more info.
COVID-19 Important Updates
We have important information for paramedics on COVID-19.
Ontario Paramedics - Not Essential?
Ontario Paramedics are calling on government and our legislators to implement immediate change and declare paramedics an Essential Service pursuant to section 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Ontario Paramedic Wellness Committee
The OPA is seeking Full Paramedic Members to fill the positions of 1 Chair and 2 Committee members on the OPWC (Ontario Paramedic Wellness Committee).
Join the OPA
Join your most forward-thinking colleagues and take control of your profession. Every voice counts.
OPA Political Action Fund
The Ontario Paramedic Association has created a brand new Political Action Fund to protect the paramedic profession as we know it.
The OPA is only paramedic group in Ontario with a professional, financially-backed fund to counter concerns that are detrimental to patients and paramedics.
OPA Response: EMS Vision Ontario 2050
In order to protect our patients and our profession, the current report EMS Vision Ontario 2050 must be rejected as the basis for any future direction or decisions.
OPA Reacts to Ontario Budget 2019
Ontario paramedics serve more than 1.1 million patients every year. By investing in measures to end hallway healthcare this will indirectly free-up paramedics to provide life-saving emergency services to Ontarians.
Every paramedic crew stuck in offload delay in overcrowded hospitals, means fewer highly-trained paramedics to respond to health emergencies.
Read the OPA's response to the Ontario 2019 Budget.
Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery
The Ontario Paramedic Association lobbied the provincial government to create an Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. Read more:
Emergency Service Provider's Insurance Protection Act
Did you know the Ontario Paramedic Association successfully lobbied to amend the Insurance Act to protect emergency service providers from rate increases to their personal contracts of automobile insurance if they had a collision while on-duty?
Free Ontario Paramedic Desktop Backgrounds
Download your free desktop backgrounds from the Ontario Paramedic Association.
New Offload Mitigation Strategy for 2019
The Ontario Paramedic Association is excited about a new offload mitigation strategy coming to emergency departments in 2019.
- All hospitals need to ensure their capacity is better matched to meet patient demand
- Hospitals need to stop relying on municipal paramedics to fill gaps in provincial healthcare
- Paramedics need to be in the community where patients with no access to healthcare need us most
Lululemon Emergency Responders Program
The Ontario Paramedic Association is proud to announce an amazing partnership for active emergency responders and forces members across Canada.
Call 9-1-1 and chew two ASPIRIN® 81mg
PCP Janice Steele from the Ontario Paramedic Association is being featured on TV and large creative displays in the following locations beginning November 2018:
- Walmart (national)
- IDA (national)
- Guardian (national)
- Overwaitea Food Group (national)
- Pharmasave (national)
- Rexall (Ontario & Quebec)
Look out for this exciting initiative on TV or in store!
Paramedic PTSI and Suicide
At the closing ceremonies of the Paramedic Ride, OPA President Darryl Wilton delivered a speech on Parliament Hill to call attention to the barriers that continue to affect paramedics with PTSI and to also Honour those lost in the line-of-duty and by suicide.
New! Paramedic Postage Stamps
The Ontario Paramedic Association would like to thank Canada Post for producing a first-responder series of postage stamps featuring paramedics from across Canada.
OPA Provincial Election Platform
The Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) has taken stock of the major parties' platforms.
- Paramedics need to be Essential
- Investments in Community Paramedicine
- Line of Duty Death (L.O.D.D.) Benefit Provincial Legislation
- Paramedic Self-Regulation
Memorial Grant Program
The Memorial Grant Program for Line of Duty Deaths, Critical Illness and PTSD for Public Safety Occupations will ensure surviving spouses or immediate family members receive a $300,000.00 tax-free federal bursary that is separate from insurance payouts or benefits.
Federal Budget 2018
Find out how the Ontario Paramedic Association supports legislation and resources that enhance patient care.
Ontario Paramedics on the Marilyn Denis Show
Winter is coming which makes it a great time to familiarize yourself with the signs of a heart attack. This is especially important for women, as their signs are less typical, and can vary from woman to woman.
OPA Featured in National ASPIRIN 81mg Medifacts Commercial
& Paramedics want patients to “call 9-1-1 and chew two ASPIRIN® 81mg in the
event of a Heart Attack".
Ontario Enhancing Emergency Services
The OPA responds to Minister Eric Hoskins announcement "Ontario Enhancing Emergency Services Across the Province"
National Opioid Crisis and Naloxone Availability
The OPA would like to collaborate with the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) in order to adequately address the presence of emerging synthetic opioids such Fentanyl and Carfentanil. Our goal is to achieve some alignment with regards to the amount of Naloxone that is carried on paramedic units across Ontario in order to benefit patients and protect our valued emergency responders
Naloxone Administration for Paramedics
The Ontario Paramedic Association respectfully recommended the Medical Advisory Committee of the Ontario Base Hospital Group considers the following changes to the ALSPCS (Advanced Life Support Patient Care Standards) medical directives with regards to Naloxone Administration for Paramedics.
Expanding Medical Response in Ontario
Fire-medics are expensive, unsafe and do not improve patient outcomes.
Ontario's Paramedics Welcome Expansion of Community Paramedicine Programs
January 21, 2014 - Toronto, ON - Today's announcement by the Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to expand community paramedicine programs is welcome news to Paramedics across the province.
Proclaim May 01 Ontario First Responders Day
On Thursday, September 27th, MPP Frank Klees brought forward a Private Member's Bill entitled, An Act to Proclaim May 1st as First Responders Day in Ontario.
Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery
"Paramedics go above and beyond in the service of others every day across Ontario. They are key players in our first line of response along with police and firefighters - saving lives and protecting Ontario families. This award will recognize those paramedics who display extraordinary courage." - Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Paramedics Assaulted on the Job
Make it a mandatory indictable offence to assault a paramedic.