Notice of 17th Annual General Meeting
To be held March 31st, 2021 at 1830h
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.
Strategy to combat violence against Paramedics launches in Peel.
Peel paramedics to launch a first-of-its-kind violence reporting system to protect first responders; advocates want national strategy
Covid Offload Challenges
Paramedics forced to unload ambulances outside Mississauga hospitals during COVID-19 surge
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.
Peel Newest Addition to our Fleet
The PPA welcomes the newest vehicle to the PRPS Fleet
Paramedic Memorial Bell comes to Peel
The Peel Paramedic Association is proud to partner with Peel Regional Paramedic Services, the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund and the Peel Paramedic Union to welcome the Paramedic Memorial Bell to Peel Region.
Movember Thank You Video
The PPA & Peel Paramedics are proud to partner with the Movember Foundation in support of Men's Health.
Peel's Movember History
In 2009, PRPS Lip-APeel started as a solo crusade to raise awareness and money for Men's Health. Today it's leading the way with Emergency Services across the Country.
Movember on the Way
Movember is just around the corner, and although it will look different this year with Public Health restrictions.....
Peel Paramedic Association 2020 Annual General Meeting.
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
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.
Special offer for Peel Paramedics from Mary Kay agent Roxanne Bowie
A special offer for Peel Paramedics from Mary Kay representative Roxanne Bowie in support of the Food Bank collection.
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.
Covid 19 Food Drive
Peel's Paramedics are Giving Back!!!!
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.
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.
Heart Map Challenge comes to the GTA
The Peel Paramedic Association is pleased to sponsor and be a part of the 2020 GTA Heart Map Challenge
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).
2019 Toy Drive a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!
Another successful Toy Drive saw toys delivered to all three local hospital pediatric departments and Peel Children's Centre.
Peel Emergency Services Set A Movember Record
The PPA is proud to be a supported of the Peel Emergency Services Movember Campaign.....
Peel Paramedics donate $1000 for Breast Cancer Research
The PPA is proud to partner with Peel Regional Paramedic Services and the Canadian Cancer Society to help fight Breast Cancer
Cigars & Stashes
Come out and enjoy friends, cigars and cocktails at the Cigars and Stashes Gala, in support of the Movember Foundation and Men's Health.
2019 Hammer Ride Lunch
The Peel Paramedic Association along with our sponsors, Brokerlink Insurance and Peel Regional Paramedic Services welcomed the 2019 Hammer Ride cyclists to Tedlo Station for lunch on their journey.
Family Praises First Responders Who Saved Their 3-Year-Old
First Responders had the opportunity to meet with the family of a three year old who was saved by their skill and quick actions.
Thoughts and Prayers with our Mississauga CACC Family
The Peel Paramedic Association would like to send our deepest sympathies to our Brothers and Sisters at Mississauga CACC. Today we lost a friend, a coworker and a mentor.
Join the OPA
Join your most forward-thinking colleagues and take control of your profession. Every voice counts.
Peel Regional Paramedic Services donate ambulances
The Peel Paramedic Association congratulates and is proud to be part of such a great organization, as Peel Regional Paramedic Services donates 4 retired Paramedic Ambulances to the communities of Nunavut.
The PPA Welcomes the Board of Directors 2019
The PPA is pleased to introduce the 2019/2020 Board of Directors
Peel Paramedics welcome our new recruits
The PPA would like to welcome our latest group of new Paramedics to the Peel Family. We wish you all success in your new careers.
Happy Retirement Kerri
The PPA would like to congratulate Superintendent Kerri Allen on his well deserved retirement after more than 35 years serving the residents of Peel as a Paramedic
Thank you Peel Paramedics
Paramedics set up at Celebration Square for Paramedic Week 2019
Thank you Kelly, Laura & Paul for Working with me on this event.
Both the Chief & Daniella (Manager Planning & Performance) we're able to attend as well.
Paramedics support Tim Horton's Camp Day
Chief Peter Dundas and Community Relations manager Brad Bowie were joined by Paramedics Brent Gorzynski and Lisa McCormick, and the owners of the Dixie Midway Tim Hortons in support of Camp Day 2019.
Chief Dundas and Brad made the rounds to various locations throughout the day.
Thanks to everyone who supported this great cause.
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.
15TH Annual General Meeting of the Peel Paramedic Association
The Peel Paramedic Association is pleased to announce our 15th Annual General Meeting , May 28th 2019
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 Response: EMS Vision Ontario 2050
The PPA continues to investigate and gather evidence surrounding the recent troubling announcements and reports regarding the future of Paramedicine in Ontario. We encourage all to do the same.
Please click on the link below to view the OPA's official position on the recent Vision 2050 report.
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:
The Return of PPA Talks: #LetsTalk_______
Continuing the Conversation: Mental Health Awareness and Action.
Two Sessions Available to PRPS Staff:
March 25 and April 11, 1830-2200
Tomken Reporting Station
Peel Paramedics Welcome New Team Member
The Peel Paramedic Association and Peel Regional Paramedic Services have teamed up to bring "Moose Medic" to all Paramedic Response Units in the Region of Peel.
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.
- All hospitals need to ensure their capacity is better matched to meet patient demand
- Hospitals need to stop relying on municipal paramedics to fill gaps in provincial healthcare
- Paramedics need to be in the community where patients with no access to healthcare need us most
2018 Movember Campaign
Peel Paramedics led by Team Captain Josh Pound come together to raise almost $7000 for Movember
Lululemon Emergency Responders Program
The Ontario Paramedic Association is proud to announce an amazing partnership for active emergency responders and forces members across Canada.
2018 PPA/PRPS Toy Drive
The PPA/PRPS Toy drive kicks off. Please donate to put a smile on children's faces at Christmas
2018 Breast Cancer Awareness
The PPA once again raised money in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and Research
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!
Karma Climb 2018
Peel Paramedics participate in the 2018 Karma Climb and raise money for Wounded Warriors Canada
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.
Hammer Ride 2018
The PPA welcomes Paramedic Ride 2018 to Tedlo Station
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.
Early Toy Drive Donation
The Peel Paramedic Association would like to thank St Thomas Anglican Church for their early donation to our 2018 Toy Drive.
Donations can be made by contacting Brad Bowie
OPA Provincial Election Platform
The Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) has taken stock of the major parties' platforms.
- Paramedics need to be Essential
- Investments in Community Paramedicine
- Line of Duty Death (L.O.D.D.) Benefit Provincial Legislation
- Paramedic Self-Regulation
Paramedic Federal Lobby Day
Peel Paramedics take to Parliament Hill in Ottawa!!!!
Glen Woodhouse is Retiring
The PPA wishes Superintendent Glen Woodhouse all the best after 42 years of serving the residents of Peel and Halton.
2018 Children's Book Drive
Last week we wrapped up Cameron's Book Drive for 2018. On Monday, we delivered the collected books to the Peel Children's Centre. This year, with lots of help from sister Zoë, Cam was able to donate 6,686 books to the PCC, filling TWO ambulances! Over the past three years, Cameron has now donated more than 12,300 books for needy kids to read! The PPA would like to thank everyone who donated books or supported the book drive. A special thank you to the Peel Children's Centre staff, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, and to the volunteers that came out to help with the delivery: LT Kevin Kelly and Paramedics Suzanne Kalman and Sherri Rough.
PPA Sponsors Dreams Take Flight
The PPA is proud to be again sponsoring Dream's Take Flight
2018 PRPS A Fresh Start Gala Dinner
2018 Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony
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.
2017 Toy Drive a Huge Success!!!!!!
Peel Paramedics and our community partners filled two ambulances with toys to be donated to Peel Children's Centre and our 3 local hospital pediatric wards.
Best Wishes Pam Munro
The Peel Paramedic Association congratulates Commander Pam Munro on her retirement
PPA hosts lunch for the Hammer Ride
Riders from across the province met at Peel's Tedlo station for lunch...
OPA Featured in National ASPIRIN 81mg Medifacts Commercial
& Paramedics want patients to “call 9-1-1 and chew two ASPIRIN® 81mg in the
event of a Heart Attack".
HUNGER DOESN'T TAKE A HOLIDAY IS BACK!!!!!!
Paramedics and staff of Peel Region Paramedic Services are once again teaming up in support of the Mississauga Food Bank during their 2017 summer food drive.
Ontario Enhancing Emergency Services
The OPA responds to Minister Eric Hoskins announcement "Ontario Enhancing Emergency Services Across the Province"
Public Training Videos by the OPA
The PPA is proud to share the OPA's public education videos that were featured on CTV - Ottawa the week of March 20th, 2017. Check out our videos page to see full videos.
Why Peel Region Residents are credited with saving lives
AED's and CPR saving lives in Peel Region
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
Global News Ride Out
Good morning, during yesterday's challenging conditions Global News rode out with Lawrence Saindon.
Toque Donation for Newborns
Our Paramedic toque for the homeless program expands.....
2016 Toy & Diaper Drive
The PPA & PRPS are again teaming up with other Regional Departments and community organizations for the 2017 Toy & Diaper Drive
"Good Samaritan Bill" Clears the House
Bill C-224 amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that people who call 911 to report a drug overdose are shielded from being charged with drug possession. The bill is intended to remove fear of prosecution as a barrier for people calling emergency services in overdose situations
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.
Speedy Mississauga baby delivery all started with a parking violation
The PPA congratulates Carla and Mark for their great work bringing a new life into this world.
Donation to Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation
Jamie Gonsalves, Union VP and PPA member presents Bill Lewis of the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation with a donation.
The PPA supports the Region of Peel's position against "Expanding the Role of Firefighters"
The Peel Paramedic Association is pleased to support and endorse the Region of Peel's position against the proposed expansion of the Role of Firefighters. Please review the recommendations made by Janette Smith, Commissioner of Health for the Region of Peel.
Members can sign in to read the whole report and view her power point presentation made December 8, 2016
Canadian Paramedic Memorial Fundraiser
Zoll is partnering with the Canadian Paramedic Memorial
Peel Paramedics Honoured for bravery
The Peel Paramedic Association would like to share in honouring two of our own.
OPA Responds to W5
The OPA released a letter to W5 and Ontario Paramedics...Read the message from the New President and Vice President
Sign in to your PPA account and click on documents to see the letter in full.
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.