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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):


Josephine Fay has created a resource of discounts available for health care + frontline workers in hopes to eliminate one more decision or Google search from their day.  They will be continuously adding to this list as more brands roll out discounts!

They hope to:

  • reach as many health care + front line workers possible

  • provide exposure to small businesses

  • encourage other businesses to support health care workers


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.


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.

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 


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:


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.  


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.


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".  



Mortgages for Healthcare Workers

Taking care of the extraordinary people that take care of everyone else!

Mortgages for Healthcare Workers is a mortgage brokerage and is here to provide you with the best possible rate and solution. 

We will do the leg work, because we understand you don't have the time to do so.

As you work around the clock to keep us safe, Mortgages for Healthcare workers will be there around the clock for you, to offer mortgage support and advice.



Ontario Paramedic Association

  • 1 Dundas Street West (Suite 2500)
    Toronto ON M5G 1Z3

  • 1-888-OPA-LINE

  • mail@OntarioParamedic.ca