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News & Events

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OPA Annual General Meeting

The OPA Annual General Meeting will be Friday October 25 (7pm-9pm)

Check this out for more info!

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.

Paramedic Legal Protection

Ontario Paramedic Association 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 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:

McNally Project - Call for Abstracts

The Ontario Paramedic Association, in partnership with the McNally Project for Paramedicine Research, is currently accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the 2019 Paramedicine Expo & Conference this October.

The theme for this year's research and innovation stream is Advancing Paramedicine Through Innovations in Education.

McNally Project - Dr Paula Rowland

We are pleased to announce that the McNally Project for Paramedicine Research will be partnering with the Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) to lead a research stream at this year's Paramedicine Expo & Conference being held on October 25 and 26 in Toronto.

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?

Michael Rashotte - Critical Care Paramedic, Retired

After more than 40 years as an Ontario Paramedic with Toronto Paramedic Services and Ornge, Critical Care Paramedic Michael Rashotte has worked his final shift with Ornge.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.