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News & Events

New Offload Mitigation Strategy for 2019

The Ontario Paramedic Association is excited about a new offload mitigation strategy coming to emergency departments in 2019.

  1. All hospitals need to ensure their capacity is better matched to meet patient demand
  2. Hospitals need to stop relying on municipal paramedics to fill gaps in provincial healthcare
  3. Paramedics need to be in the community where patients with no access to healthcare need us most

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!

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.

New Change at the OPA

We are proud to announce exciting new changes at the Ontario Paramedic Association.

Here are some highlights:

1) New Office

2) New Board of Directors

3) New Staff

4) New Vision

Join the OPA

Find out why you should take pride in your profession and become a member of the Ontario Paramedic Association.

OPA Annual General Meeting

The OPA Annual General Meeting will be Friday September 7 (7pm-9pm)

Check this out for more info!

OPA Provincial Election Platform

The Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) has taken stock of the major parties' platforms.

  1. Paramedics need to be Essential
  2. Investments in Community Paramedicine
  3. Line of Duty Death (L.O.D.D.) Benefit Provincial Legislation
  4. Paramedic Self-Regulation

Future of Paramedic CACCs

Its National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2018 and its time to reflect on where we have been, where we are and where we're going.

Please help us begin reshaping the future of Central Ambulance Communications Centres in Ontario with this very short 2 question survey.

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.

Everything paramedics want you to do if you think you're having a heart attack

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.

Paramedic Awards Banquet Dinner & After Party

Paramedics across Ontario are invited to the www.Paramedicine.ca Provincial Awards Banquet and After-Party on Oct 27

OPA Featured in National ASPIRIN 81mg Medifacts Commercial

Communications Officers & 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.

Paramedic Legal Protection

Ontario Paramedic Association membership now includes Paramedic Legal Protection for Full Paramedic Members ($20/month) and Associate Members ($17/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.

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.

Win! 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

Bill 115 - Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery

Bill 115 is a private members bill to create an Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. Read more:

Paramedics Assaulted on the Job

Make it a mandatory indictable offence to assault a paramedic.

Emergency Service Provider's Insurance Protection Act

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.