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News & Events

Ontario Paramedic Wellness Retreat

Come and join us for this awesome three day event with two days of cycling and one day of whitewater rafting in the middle.

Tornado Fundraiser: Ottawa Paramedic and her Family Lucky to be Alive

We are launching a campaign to support Ottawa Paramedic Nicole Lowden and her family as they were very lucky to have escaped largely unharmed as part of the house was ripped away while they were huddled together in a corner of the kitchen (the house has no basement).

Tornado Disaster Relief

Please share the following information regarding tornado disaster relief that was put together by the Ottawa Paramedic Service 2018 new hire class.

IMPORTANT: This information was updated on Monday September 24. As we are actively mitigating a number of disaster areas, this information should be considered obsolete upon release as resources and intel will constantly change.

Paramedic Dress to Impress Dinner

Saturday Sept 8 at 6pm
Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive, Kanata
2nd Floor Newbridge Ballroom


Deadline: August 31

Ottawa Paramedic Peer Support Unit

Please see the attached resource links for the Ottawa Paramedic Peer Support Unit.

Donna Duff Paramedic Scholarship Award

The Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa will select finalist(s) for the Donna Duff Paramedic Scholarship Award Challenge. These the finalist(s) will be eligible to receive a $1000 education bursary for paramedicine,

Ottawa Paramedic Year in Review

Check out the 2014 Ottawa Paramedic Year in Review!

On March 01, 2015, it was released to thousands of recipients across Ontario. We hope you enjoy our publication this year!

Paramedic Women's Community Conference

June 7, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40.00 (early bird)
$50.00 (at the door)

Guest Speakers -breakout sessions- lunch and refreshments.

8 hour CME credit approved by RPPEO

Ron Kolbus Centre
102 Greenview Ave
Ottawa, ON K2B 5Z6
Parking is available

Saturday night social location TBA!
10% of registration will be donated to charity.

Contact: Tracy Levesque

Paramedic Legal Protection

Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa 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.

Ottawa Paramedic Thomas Dunn Memorial

OPEN INVITE: Thomas Dunn Memorial

Memorial: Monday November 18 (1800hrs)

Ottawa Paramedic Headquarters
2465 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, ON K1H 2E2

Ottawa Paramedics are grieving the loss of Paramedic Superintendent Thomas Dunn who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70 on November 08th, 2013.

Paramedic Beats the Odds and Retires

Paramedic Donna Duff beats the odds and makes it to retirement with full pension.

Save Lives by Fixing Defibrillator Policy

35,000 to 40,000 Canadians die of sudden cardiac arrest every year, and defibrillators increase survival rates by up to 30 percent if used in the first few minutes.

“Many departments and agencies in the federal government recognize that defibrillators save lives, yet just as many do not."

Paramedics want this problem fixed so we can ensure all victims of cardiac arrest can receive immediate care as soon as 9-1-1 is dialed.

Paramedic Alumni Celebration

Saturday May 25, 2013 (1130-1400hrs)

Only 4% of paramedics make it to retirement. Celebrate those who achieved this rare honour. Sat May 25 1130-1400hrs @ http://www.ksrestaurant.ca

Nicaragua Mission - Progress in Paramedicine

A partnership program between Ontario Paramedics and Nicaragua to train and equip 360 Nicaraguans over a three year period to staff clinics in 90 villages with national 'first responders' who are capable of responding to the urgent care needs of their local community.

Ottawa Paramedic HELP Fund

The HELP Fund was developed as a means to aid Ottawa Paramedics and their families in times of financial need. The HELP Fund activates when regular benefits are exhausted, non-applicable or unqualified.

The HELP Fund relies on a combination of individual paramedic contributions as well as very important public donations and corporate sponsorships.

Ontario Paramedic Wanted for TV Commercial

The OPA has been asked to coordinate a casting-call for a new TV commercial:

  • Must be a certified paramedic (PCP, ACP or CCP)
  • Between the ages of 25-45 (as requested by client)
  • Bilingual (English and French)
  • Outgoing and comfortable being interviewed on camera 
  • No acting experience required
  • Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply

DEADLINE: June 4, 2021 at 12:00PM

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.

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.

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.

  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

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.

  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

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

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.

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.