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News & Events

Paramedic Hockey Tournament

The Paramedic Hockey Tournament is now accepting registrations.

Wed Feb 14 & Thurs Feb 15, 2024 

Round Robin Format - 3 games guaranteed. Limited spots available!

Registration Deadline: Jan 23, 2023

Platoon Calendars

Bookmark this page and save it to your device home screen for quick access to your paramedic platoon calendars. 

Our link stays exactly the same every year so you don't need to update anything on your device. The calendars will be automatically updated for you.

Ottawa Paramedic HELP Fund

Today, only 4% of paramedics are able to fully finish their careers. 

As a community, it is our responsibility to stand behind those who stand in the line of duty, ensuring they have the resources and assistance necessary to continue their vital work. 

The Ottawa Paramedic HELP Fund embodies this commitment, reminding us of the importance of supporting those who dedicate their lives to saving ours.

2023 Paramedic Golf Tournament

Please join us at the 2023 Ottawa Paramedic Golf Tournament at the Meadows Golf and Country Club on Wednesday September 27th, 2023.

Annual General Meeting

Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa

Annual General Meeting

Friday June 2, 2023


Paramedic Alumni Retirement Gala

Thursday May 18, 2023

6PM - 10PM

Ottawa Police Association

141 Catherine Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1C3

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.

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

Paramedic Legal Protection is available with any OPA memberships stating "with Legal Protection" and includes the following:

  • Employment Disputes ($100,000)
  • Contract Disputes ($100,000)
  • Tenancy Disputes ($100,000)
  • Fault Determination & Total Loss Valuation Disputes ($100,000)
  • Drivers License Protection ($100,000)
  • Obtaining Statutory Accident Benefits from your Automobile Insurer ($100,000)
  • On-Duty Legal Defense ($100,000)
  • Bodily Injury ($100,000)
  • Property Protection ($100,000)
  • Tax Protection ($100,000)
  • Unlimited Legal Advice
  • Legal Document Review
  • Simple Legal Letter Drafting
  • Legal Document Centre

NOTE: Aggregate limit per annual period ($500,000)

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.

RGI - Your RV Needs More Than Just Auto Insurance

Just because your recreational vehicle (RV) travels the same roads as cars, that doesn’t mean you should share the same insurance coverage. 

Insurance designed by paramedics, for paramedics.

Let our experienced, dedicated insurance specialists provide you with peace of mind by making sure you have the insurance you need with excellent coverage at competitive rates.

Switch to Co-operators and save up to 40%* on home and auto insurance

Get a quote. Get a $20 e-gift card.

Switch to Co-operators and you could save up to 40% on your home and auto insurance.

King Charles III Coronation Medal

The Coronation Medal was created to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

This year, 30,000 deserving individuals will be recognized for their contributions to Canada or to a particular province, territory or community, or for their outstanding achievement abroad that has brought great credit to our country. 

To nominate a paramedic for the King Charles III Coronation Medal, paramedics must login to your member account and proceed to the menu "Member Benefits / OPA Award Nominations". 

Primary Care Paramedic – BizTech College

Fasttrack diploma program that offers 500 hours of clinical placements with comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for Provincial certification- A-EMCA.

Thank you paramedics from BrokerLink!

We have set up this special Brokerlink offer for OPA members and your class of 2024 paramedic student graduates.

Feel free to pass this gift along to your paramedic student graduates as they become eligible for many deals, discounts and paramedic perks offered only to OPA members.

North City Insurance Brokers – the trusted insurance provider for paramedics for over 40 years!

North City - Save Up to 40% on Group Home and Auto Insurance

Our Paramedic Group Program Includes:

  • Exclusive Group Insurance Rates – savings up to 40%!
  • Superior claims counselling and support
  • Personalized service by dedicated insurance experts
  • After-hours claims service

50% off lens upgrades for OPA Members

Paramedics are Canada's #1 most trusted and respected profession!

Specsavers is taking care of paramedic eyesight so we can focus on taking care of communities. OPA members can choose from lenses that are thinner and lighter, anti-reflective, or with enhanced sun protection.

Stop Violence Against Paramedics

The OPA supports an Act to amend the Criminal Code (assaults against health care professionals and first responders) in an effort to stop violence against paramedics.

There needs to be significant consequences when helpers, such as first responders, are hurt by violence.

Paramedic Legal Protection

Paramedic Legal Protection is provided by North City Insurance Brokers and is included with any memberships stating "with Legal Protection" and includes the following:

Paramedic Legal Protection is available with any OPA memberships stating "with Legal Protection" and includes the following:

  • Employment Disputes ($100,000)
  • Contract Disputes ($100,000)
  • Tenancy Disputes ($100,000)
  • Fault Determination & Total Loss Valuation Disputes ($100,000)
  • Drivers License Protection ($100,000)
  • Obtaining Statutory Accident Benefits from your Automobile Insurer ($100,000)
  • On-Duty Legal Defense ($100,000)
  • Bodily Injury ($100,000)
  • Property Protection ($100,000)
  • Tax Protection ($100,000)
  • Unlimited Legal Advice
  • Legal Document Review
  • Simple Legal Letter Drafting
  • Legal Document Centre

NOTE: Aggregate limit per annual period ($500,000)

New! Paramedic Medical Malpractice Insurance

The profession of paramedicine is rapidly evolving. Paramedics are doing more than ever before.

Paramedics may be unaware they are not covered or protected personally in many new contexts of health care and may be held personally liable.

Get yourself $5M in nation-wide Medical Malpractice coverage in under 5 minutes for only $69/year with no registration fees or membership requirements. 

Paramedics Perks

Did you know OPA members have access to dozens of businesses across Ontario offering deals and discounts to paramedics?

Log into your chapter website and click "Paramedic Perks" to find out how to save hundreds of dollars per year.

Bell EPP - Ontario paramedics save at Bell!

In recognition of all that paramedics do, the OPA has set up this special Bell offer that is valid from January 31, 2024 until February 13, 2024.

Paramedics can save even more with Bell's Exclusive Partner Program.

Switch to Canada's best 5G network. The Bell Exclusive Partner Program gets you amazing savings on phones and preferred pricing on unlimited data plans.* Plus you can get the same great prices for up to 5 friends or family members when you add them to your account.**

Is your student ready for the Paramedic Lift Test?

Is your student ready for the Paramedic Lift Test?

Paramedic services are hiring! Start your own customized conditioning program now so you can be prepared to pass any Paramedic Lift Test. 

Contact 911 Prep Academy to get started - our team wants you to be successful. 

Intimate Partner Violence and Paramedicine in Canada: a short report

Paramedics are the initial contact with healthcare and pivotal in treating & supporting survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). 

With 1 in 3 women facing violence from intimate partners, learn how paramedics can reduce the risk of further violence & death.

Find out what the OPA is doing to improve patient outcomes.

New! Choose Your Dues

Starting Jan 01, 2024, we introduced "Choose Your Dues" in an effort to give our members more choices and better value.

New! Paramedic Colouring Books & Brochures

You can order customized Activity Books for your paramedic service that include your company logo. 

The OPA would like to thank PCP Taylor McNeely (artwork) and Superintendent Dan Archambault (translation) for their effort in helping us launch the OPA's new colouring books and 3-fold brochures.

Ontario Paramedics save 25% at Mark's

Ontario Paramedics can take advantage of 25% off from December 3 to 9, 2023 on regular priced merchandise throughout the store. Make sure your hard working paramedic feet are warm and dry this winter and head to Mark's. 

Canadian Paramedicine Magazine

Your membership includes free access to our bimonthly magazine that keeps paramedics connected across Canada with articles, research and paramedic news.

A Wine Made With Thanks

The Ontario Paramedic Association would like to thank Megalomaniac Wines for supporting the resiliency of health care workers, firefighters and paramedics with their Much Obliged line of fine wines available at all LCBO locations.

Free Tickets to Canada's Wonderland

The OPA would like to thank Canada's Wonderland for providing 500 free tickets to our members and their families throughout the month of June. 

This was being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis during #ParamedicWeek. 

UPDATE: The deadline has passed and this program is now closed.

Brighter Sight is looking for paramedic insights

Brighter Sight is developing a system to bring wearable devices (smart watches & smart glasses) to paramedics. 

Brighter Sight would like your opinions on their application via an interactive, on-line session (you'll need a laptop), lasting about an hour. 

You will be compensated for your time. Interested? Click to find out more.

DEADLINE: March 3, 2022

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.

OPA License Plate Rebates

Did you know OPA members at chapters across Ontario can get a rebate on Graphic License Plates?

1) Get OPA plates from Service Ontario 

2) Log into your member account 

3) Submit a license plate rebate

Each year, our first 50 members to submit a rebate will receive $40/each for putting a set of OPA graphic 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

Achieving 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.

Please login at your chapter website and update your personal information today.

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 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

What happens to your personal insurance if you have a collision while on-duty?

Police, paramedics and firefighters are protected from rate increases to their personal auto insurance under the Emergency Service Provider's Insurance Protection Act.

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

Find out what being a paramedic is really like

Writer Chris Jones (Esquire Magazine) took a two week crash-course in paramedicine and then jumped in a real ambulance with Advanced Care Paramedic Darryl Wilton.

As the two roll through the streets together in Wilton's first response unit and respond to real 9-1-1 calls, a raw and unfiltered story unfolds, providing a rarely seen glimpse into exactly what it is like to be a paramedic.

Paramedics Assaulted on the Job

Make it a mandatory indictable offence to assault a paramedic.



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