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New Claims Process for Legal Protection

There is a new process for your claims and they are detailed here.

Legal Protection Coverage

Thorough information regarding the new Legal Protection Coverage offered to TPA memebers.

Pride 2018

Toronto Paramedic Association is glad to have participated in the 2018 Toronto Pride Parade.

Paramedic Week BBQ 2018

2018 Paramedic Week BBQ was very successful. We were able to provide BBQ at Humber River Hospital and North York General Hospital.

Sale of Toronto Ambulance History Book

388 Pages, over 500 photos and illustrations

16" x 20" folded vehicle history poster insert

Domestic shipping included in cost This is a 1st Edition!

Remembrance Day 2016 Ceremony

On Nov. 11, 2016 the Toronto Paramedic Association was represented by board member Michael Hull at the North York Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and included veterans, currently serving military personnel, representatives from three emergency services and their respective associations, several other civilian organizations and various levels of government.

Pink Epaulette & Pin Campaign 2015

It's October and the leaves are changing colours!

But the TPA is going PINK!

Pink epaulettes & PINS are arriving!


St. Patrick's Day Parade Food Drive

The 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Food Drive on Sunday March 15th in conjunction with the TPA, TPS, St. Patrick's Day Parade and Daily Bread Food Bank was a great success - again!

Tema Gala 2015 - Behind the Mask

Tema Conter Gala - Behind the Mask

MADD 2014 Campaign Launch

MADD Red Ribbon 2014 campaign was launched Nov. 4th at Toronto Police Services HQ and involved many partners including Toronto Paramedic Services and TPA members.

Pink Epaulette's for Breast Cancer

The Pink Epaulette campaign for the month of October 2014 was spearheaded by TPA member Adrian Gibbons and our VP Rachel Janer and Director Robert Boyd.

Paramedicine 2014

Paramedicine 2014 was held in London Ontario on October 17-19. The conference was a huge success with a plethora of very engaging speakers and poignant topics.

Distracted Driving - Metrolinx wants Billboards

The Toronto Paramedic Association and the Ontario Paramedic Association have both sent letters to Premier Kathleen Wynne, asking her to protect diver safety and to stop the Metrolinx proposal to install massive flashing LED commercial billboards on our highways.

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.

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.

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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 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:

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.