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Attention all Northern Ontario parks people, OPA will be in your area delivering training from May 11 to 15. We will be offering Chainsaw training, Parks Equipment & Safe Operations (PESO) training, and Supervisor Health & Safety training at the Quetico College School in Atikokan

Click here to download the session flyer, or click here to register. 

Urban Forest Petition

The following has been shared by the Ontario Urban Forest Council.

As approximately 80% of Canada's population reside in our Villages, Towns and Cities. Our families reap many benefits from the trees in our communities that are funded primarily through municipal taxes.

Please consider signing an on-line petition in support of NDP MP Irene Mathyssen’s Urban Forest Motion – M536.  The Motion calls on the Government of Canada to adopt a plan to bring people and all levels of government together to protect and grow Canada’s urban forests for future generations.  You can access the petition at http://petition.ndp.ca/urban-forests


The Ontario Invasive Plant Council is hosting a photo contest They are looking for photos of your native and non-invasive plant gardens. Below are links to the Facebook and Twitter pages where you can find more information about the contest, or you can click here to download the pdf.

Deadline to enter is March 29th and there are lots of great prizes! 

Come on OPA members - show off your green thumbs by sending in your garden pics! 




Green Infrastructure Design Charrette Report

It is with great pleasure that Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Ontario Parks Association and Landscape Ontario announce the official completion of our Green Infrastructure Design Charrette pilot program funded by the Metcalf Foundation. This project would not have been possible without the enthusiasm, time and expertise put forward by the participants from the cities of Vaughan, Oshawa, London, Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton. Thank you to all involved for the energy and dedication you directed towards advancing the green infrastructure conversation in Ontario.

To read the full report produced by this exciting project please click here.


2015 Grey to Green Conference 

Monday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 2, 2015

This year’s Grey to Green Conference will discuss some of the most pressing issues and developments regarding urban agriculture and resilience. 

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to connect with industry leaders and potential customers to get your product or service into the leading edge of green infrastructure conversation this year. 

Click on one of the following links to learn more about how you can get involved as a: 

Early bird rates to exhibit run until March 15, 2015Speaker deadline to submit proposals is February 2, 2015. If you have any questions about sponsorship, exhibiting or speaking this year, please do not hesitate to contact Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.


OPA Back in the Day! 
Lets take a look back through OPA's history together! Check out the OPA Facebook Page for new pictures every week!

Partner Programs

Yardstick Parkcheck Benchmark of the Month

Seven participating cities of moderate size are included in this example, with 1,440 facility users interviewed by intercept survey at 16 leisure and swim centres.

This chart is about overall facility user communication preferences from the results for each facility. (Click on the chart to view larger image.)

Visit the Yardstick Global website for more information about Yardstick>>


Landscape Ontario Training Sessions

Click here to download the Landscape Ontario 2014-2015 Professional Development Guide - OPA members receive the member rate on all Landscape Ontario training sessions.


Smart About Salt Training 

If you are an Owner/ Operator, meaning you own or work for a winter contracting company, apply salt, plow or shovel snow around facilities then Register Here for the Smart About Salt Operator Training Program. 

If you are a Facility Manager, meaning you supervise contractors or staff who apply salt around your facility or you manage winter maintenance contracts for your property, then you want to Register Here for the Smart About Salt Facility Manager Training Program.


Current Job Postings

12 Dec 2014 • City of Toronto
09 Mar 2015 • City of Vaughan
19 Mar 2015 • Town of Innisfil
19 Mar 2015 • City of Kitchener
19 Mar 2015 • Humber College, North Campus
24 Mar 2015 • City of Guelph

Thank you to our 
Partners in Education:

Upcoming Events

30 Mar 2015 8:00 AM • Brant Sports Complex, 944 Powerline Road, Paris, ON N3L 0B2
31 Mar 2015 8:00 AM • Wasaga Sports Park, 1888 Klondike Park Road, Wasaga Beach On
01 Apr 2015 8:00 AM • RIM Park, 2001 University Avenue East Waterloo, Ontario
13 Apr 2015 8:00 AM • Cookstown Public Library and Community Center 20 Church Street, Cookstown, ON L0L 1LO
20 Apr 2015 8:00 AM • Port Colborne Fire Hall, 3 Killaly St Port Colborne
29 Apr 2015 8:00 AM • Victoria Park Community Centre 355 Wellington Street Ingersoll, Ontario N5C 1T2
04 May 2015 8:00 AM • 2594 Red Maple Ave. Jordan Station, ON.
05 May 2015 8:00 AM • 416 Centre Street South Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

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Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)


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