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Plan to join us for our 59th Annual Education Forum -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Holiday Inn, City of Burlington. Information about presentations to be announced soon!

Important dates to mark on your 2015 calendar ...

2015 Landscape Ontario Congress - January 6-8, 2015Click here to be redirected to the Landscape Ontario website where you can check out all that is planned for the 2015 event. Conferences, exhibits, and new products ... all in one location! Register today!

59th Annual OPA Education Forum - Holiday Inn, City of Burlington - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Dave Gower Memorial Event - Host city - City of Cambridge - Friday, June 5, 2015

OPA's Annual Equipment Education & Golf Forum Event- Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls - Friday, September 11, 2015

Our website will be updated with details on these events as they become available. Until then, make you sure mark them on your calendar.


Yardstick Parkcheck Project Download your copy of the August 2014 Yardstick Parkcheck Newsletter. Membership for the 2015 project is now open. Learn more about this exciting project and how it can benefit your municipality! 


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!

There's still time to donate to the Legacy Garden ... 

Although the garden has officially been handed over to the Niagara Parks Commission, the fundraising continues! To donate, or for further information, please contact Tom Clancy (candtclancy@rogers.com)


Partner Programs


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.


Turf Managers' Short Course January 26 to February 20, 2014. To learn more about this University of Guelph training session, click here (you will be redirected to the U of G website). 


Smart About Salt Training 

The Smart About Salt Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting freshwater from winter salt applied around facilities. Their innovative training program focuses on ways to improve winter salting practices on facility grounds.  This training program has been developed specifically for Owner/ Operators and their staff of winter contracting companies who apply salt, plow or shovel snow around facilities.   

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.

Organic Land Care Accreditation Program
This program is designed for those managing or maintaining grounds or community gardens (whether they be ornamental gardens, turf or vegetables). 

Learn how to assess the health of your soil and support the natural processes within the soil that result in plant health. A new decision making framework will be presented to enable you to work with nature to create and maintain healthy, beautiful landscapes, including lawns. Support for the process of transitioning a landscape from chemical dependency (including synthetic fertilizers) to organic self-sufficiency is what sets this course apart from traditional soil science courses. 

This course is for those with previous landscaping education/experience only. 

For more information on this training, course dates and times, and to register, click here (you will be redirected to the Landscape Ontario website).


Current Job Postings

06 Nov 2014 • Arbortech Professional Tree Care Inc., Strathroy
17 Nov 2014 • City of Mississauga
19 Nov 2014 • Town of Newmarket
20 Nov 2014 • City of Toronto
20 Nov 2014 • Peel District

Thank you to our Partners in Education for partnering with us in "Protecting Tomorrow Today":

Upcoming Events

25 Nov 2014 8:00 AM • 129 Glidden Road – Fire Training Rooms B1 and B2 (downstairs, adjoining rooms), Brampton, ON
26 Nov 2014 8:00 AM • Oriole Community Centre, First Floor Multi-purpose Room, 2975 Don Mills Rd M2J 3B7, Toronto
27 Nov 2014 8:00 AM • 501 Clark Ave West, Thornhill ON
27 Nov 2014 8:00 AM • Port Colborne Fire Hall, 3 Killaly St Port Colborne
03 Dec 2014 8:30 AM • Landscape Ontario Building, Hemlock Room, 7856 5th Line South · RR4, Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8

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7856 5th Line South · RR4 · 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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