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Frontline Support for Ontario Paramedic Crews

Date: 2020-04-10

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. 

From expedited ordering, to food, fuel, hotels, discounted goods, services and exclusive membership offers, your community stakeholders see you, and want you to know that you matter.  

Below is a list of current promotional offerings for the Paramedic community (all members can log into their chapter website and go to Deals for Paramedics for more discounts):


FOOD

Biosteel Sports Nutrition 

Biosteel is offering a 40% discount on all online orders.

Use code: OPA40 to receive your discount today.


Costco - Priority Access for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to our warehouses for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, Paramedics and firefighters. 

Healthcare workers and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse. 


Chop Steakhouse feeds Paramedics (OTTAWA ONLY)

250 West Hunt Club Rd, Ottawa

25% off all food 

 

IMPORTANT WHEN ORDERING

Mention “Ottawa Paramedic Discount”

Order through Skip the Dishes 

Or call 613-216-7265 for takeout 

Curbside pickup available

Must show Paramedic badge/ID

www.chop.ca 


Earl's - 30% off food for healthcare workers + first responder

A little extra something for the front line. 

We can't thank you enough for your efforts right now and always!

Available on pickup orders only.

*Our Happy Hour menu is excluded from the 30% pickup offer.


Grocery Hero Canada

GroceryHero is a free delivery matching service to help our frontline medical professionals focus on fighting COVID-19.

Food delivery services are oversubscribed. 

And frontline medical professionals do not want to go inside grocery stores and expose the public. 

Instead, volunteers are matched with a medical professional in their neighbourhood by postal code to help with delivery. 

You can sign up as a volunteer shopper or as a medical professional by following the instructions on the website (click the picture above to be redirected to Grocery Hero Canada)


Longos

To show our appreciation for healthcare workers and first responders, Longo's is providing priority access for these Guests during the COVID-19 pandemic starting April 16th.

Thank you for all your hard work.


McDonald's - Curbside Ordering Process for Paramedics

Use Curbside Stall Number 99

(Between the hours of 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

As the world continues to address the quickly changing landscape, we would like to thank the members of our community, especially Ontario's Paramedics, for tirelessly and bravely continuing to provide essential services to help keep us all safe and healthy.

We at McDonald's Canada, together with our franchisees across the country, are working together to remain open to provide hot meals to our guests for as long as municipal, provincial and federal governments continue to allow us to do so.

Since our recent decision to limit our operations to Drive-Thru and McDelivery, we've heard from organizations like yours asking how we can make our food and beverages available to you, when you are unable to bring your large paramedic vehicles through the Drive-Thru and, for safety reasons, we can't accept walk up orders at the Drive-Thru window.

We're pleased to share that beginning Thursday, March 26, we will be able to serve you through our MyMcD's App. Between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, we will provide curbside service. Use the following steps to order your favourite McDonald's menu items at our restaurants:

  • Use the My McD's app to place your order when you arrive at the restaurant.
  • Select Curbside Service and park your vehicle in an area of the lot that allows for other vehicles to easily pass.
  • Complete your order by entering the curbside stall number 99 and we'll safely bring your order to you as soon as it's ready!

If you haven't used the app before, it's simple! Beyond making it possible for you to order while we maintain safety protocols, you can save your favourite orders and re-order at the click of the button, saving you valuable time. Your members can download the app via from Apple iTunes or Google Play Store.


MOXIE'S

If you are a healthcare worker or first responder, we are pleased to offer you a 40% discount* on food pick-up orders as a show of thanks for all that you are doing in our communities.


Mucho Burrito - Free entrée with ID (KANATA LOCATION ONLY)

Mucho Burrito Kanata would like to offer free entrees to all healthcare workers, hospital staff and first responders with work ID or in uniform for as long as they can afford to.  

If the community would like to provide support to assist with the costs associated with this initiative, donations can be made by purchasing gift cards which can be applied to cover the cost of these meals. 


President's Choice

News from Galen on priority access for healthcare workers: 

Priority access is being provided for healthcare workers in almost all of their locations throughout the day.

By showing your healthcare ID, essential frontline employees will get priority entrance to the supermarkets and drugstores.

Stores include: Loblaw, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore and Shopper's Drug Mart 


Shell

Offer valid at participating Shell locations in Canada. 

We will be offering a free fresh sandwich, which includes a pre-packaged sandwich or other eligible sandwiches such as deli2go and a hot beverage which includes all sizes of coffee, tea, and/or hot cappuccino or 591ml Nestle Bottle Water, to every healthcare professional and commercial delivery driver that visits a participating Shell service station in Canada.

No coupon required and no additional purchase required. 

Healthcare professionals include paramedics, nurses and doctors, and can be identified by a uniform or badge.


FUEL & AUTO

Avis Budget Group

The Avis Budget Group is ever so grateful for the ongoing service of the first responders and essential service employees. 

During these times, we know that there may be people who require vehicles for their personal transportation as they can't or choose not to take public transit.

For this reason, we have had the following BUDGET link set up with special low rates for First Responders and Essential Service employees who really need a break on cost right now:

https://www.budget.ca/essentialservices

The link will pre-populate BCD #D098200 with the discount.

That number can also be quoted if the reservation is made at the counter, by phone or on Budget.ca. 

As an essential service, we remain open with numerous neighborhood locations across Canada.  


CAA

Support for Our Healthcare Workers and First Responders 

Those working on the front lines of this crisis have enough to worry about, and we want to make sure they are able to get to and from work safely. 

We are now offering them free roadside assistance in Ontario during this crisis.

If you work in a hospital or health care centre, or as a first responder for emergency services, you can request CAA Roadside service by calling *222 or 1-800-222-4357.

This free service is currently being offered to Members and non-Members alike. 

If you are a Member and a healthcare worker or first responder, these calls will not be counted on your Membership.


LODGING

Blue Mountain (Valid June 23 thru December 17, 2020)


For All Whom Protect and Serve

Save 20% on Midweek Accommodation  

We appreciate those who go above and beyond to ensure the safety and well being of others, while often times sacrificing time with their own loved ones. 

To thank you for your dedication, we are proud to offer all First Responders a lodging discount on midweek stays: Military, Fire Fighters, Police Officers, Prison Guards, Peace Officers, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians and 911 Dispatchers.




Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Markham)


Holiday Inn Express & Suites is offering a special Heroes rate at $69.00 +taxes 

This promotion is available through the Sales Department by emailing:

karima.hamir@hiexmarkham.ca (please mention OPA Special rate )

Our preferred rate includes Free WIFI, Free parking, cleaning upon request, to go breakfast , all rooms have a mini fridge and mini market open 24 hours .

Located right at highway 7 and Leslie street by highway 404 and 407 ETR .

 

Our website address is www.hiexmarkham.ca 

We are an award winning NEWLY renovated Holiday inn Express & Suites .




Silver Hotel Group - Offering Discounted rates to Paramedics 

Silver Hotel Group is offering discounted rates at participating locations to Paramedics and 3 of their locations are exclusively dedicated to healthcare professionals and first responders. 

These 3 hotels will provide a safe and comfortable place to rest if you have to be away from home during the crisis.  

To book at one of these hotels, click the graphic or call the hotel directly and use the code "first responders".  


FLIGHT

Qatar Airways

Thank you to all of the frontline healthcare professionals across the globe. 

Your tremendous efforts and incredible resilience have given us hope in these times of uncertainty.

In recognition of your hard work and dedication, we are offering 100,000 complimentary tickets on Qatar Airways flights. 

As a healthcare professional, you are entitled to the following benefits*:

  • Up to two complimentary return Economy Class tickets for yourself and a companion, so you can take a well-deserved holiday to a destination of your choice within our network. 
  • Receive 35% off at Qatar Duty Free outlets at our state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha.

That's not all, Privilege Club members will also earn Qmiles for their journey. Not a Privilege Club member? Join now.

*Terms and conditions apply. A limited number of promo codes will be distributed by country daily. 

Please refer to the eligible medical professions and ensure you have your employment ID when you travel.


APPAREL



Burton (Valid thru August 13, 2020)

Just follow this link below to register. 

Once your account is verified, you will have access to 50% off the site!

https://www.burton.com/ca/en/performerprogram

The offer does include Canada.

You will have to setup an account and have it verified (proof of employment is usually required).

You can also talk with Rider Services for any other question regarding the program or product, (800) 881-3138


TAXES

ACCOUNTING FOR BRAVERY

A heartfelt thank-you to all frontline healthcare workers for the courage and commitment you have shown since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. 

While we cannot be on the frontlines with you, Chartered Professional Accountants across Ontario want to do what we can to help.

Help with your Taxes

As a small token of our appreciation, CPAs across the province want to contribute their professional expertise to help prepare frontline healthcare workers' 2019 taxes. 

In keeping with social distancing guidelines, there will be no face-to-face meetings - CPAs will receive all documentation electronically.

Eligibility

This program is available to nurses, paramedics, lab technicians, doctors, cleaners, and other healthcare staff on the frontline during COVID-19. 

Because we want to help as many frontline workers as we can, the program will cover basic individual, spousal and dependent children's tax returns. 

Please note the program does not include more complex tax returns, such as those involving self-employment income or employment expenses, business or rental income and expenses or foreign property (T1135).

Deadline

To ensure all returns will be ready in time to the meet the June 1 filing deadline, the program will be accepting applications until May 15, 2020.

Sign Up

Please click on the link below and fill out a short intake form. Our intake coordinator will be in touch within 72 hours.

Healthcare Worker Intake Form