Ontario parks association

Protecting Tomorrow Today®

Ontario Parks Association (OPA), established in 1936, is a registered charitable organization whose focus is on Protecting Tomorrow Today┬«. Through our work as advocates for our parks and open spaces and the training we provide to parks professionals in Ontario, we are helping to preserve our living green infrastructure assets for future generations. OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. 



Upcoming events

    • 22 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 3
    Register

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 23 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 23
    Register

    Half-day Online Workshop

    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to practices in many of our community settings, including municipal public parks. This workshop will explore the specific application of preventive practices to tackle common questions arising from operators and organizations.

    Learn about COVID-19 transmission, how long it survives in the environment, Provincial and Municipal requirements for infection prevention and control, how to clean equipment, how to support safe and healthy behaviours through playground use, and more!

    This workshop is offered by the Ontario Parks Association in collaboration with the Ontario Public Health Association.

    Instructor: Cathy Egan
    Cathy Egan has been a Public Health Inspector since 1990 and held many positions in local and provincial public health agencies. Cathy has specialized in Infection Prevention and Control and is currently a professor at Conestoga College and conducts research in environmental disinfection.

    Additional date options:  October 27 and November 12

    • 30 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 6
    Register

    Registration opens August 24, 2020 at 9:00am


    In 2018 it was estimated that Invasive Species cost Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities $38.8M. This workshop will look at some of the top offending plant species in Southern and Central Ontario that contributed to that amount. You will be introduced to Best Management Practices (BMP) to help you develop a control strategy for each invasive plant discussed. As well, you will develop identification skills to help correctly identify these invasive species, understand their toxic properties, and the impacts they have on native landscapes.


    This half day workshop will cover:

    • Giant Hogweed 
    • Wild Parsnip 
    • Common Buckthorn 
    • Garlic Mustard 
    • Phragmites
    • Dog Strangling Vine
      • 20 Oct 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online
      • 10
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

      Click here to read our Registration Policies

      • 21 Oct 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online
      • 10
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

      Click here to read our Registration Policies

      • 22 Oct 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online
      • 12
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

      Click here to read our Registration Policies

      • 27 Oct 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM (EDT)
      • Zoom
      • 23
      Register

      Half-day Online Workshop

      The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to practices in many of our community settings, including municipal public parks. This workshop will explore the specific application of preventive practices to tackle common questions arising from operators and organizations.

      Learn about COVID-19 transmission, how long it survives in the environment, Provincial and Municipal requirements for infection prevention and control, how to clean equipment, how to support safe and healthy behaviours through playground use, and more!

      This workshop is offered by the Ontario Parks Association in collaboration with the Ontario Public Health Association.

      Instructor: Cathy Egan
      Cathy Egan has been a Public Health Inspector since 1990 and held many positions in local and provincial public health agencies. Cathy has specialized in Infection Prevention and Control and is currently a professor at Conestoga College and conducts research in environmental disinfection.

      • 12 Nov 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM (EST)
      • Zoom
      • 25
      Register

      Half-day Online Workshop

      The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to practices in many of our community settings, including municipal public parks. This workshop will explore the specific application of preventive practices to tackle common questions arising from operators and organizations.

      Learn about COVID-19 transmission, how long it survives in the environment, Provincial and Municipal requirements for infection prevention and control, how to clean equipment, how to support safe and healthy behaviours through playground use, and more!

      This workshop is offered by the Ontario Parks Association in collaboration with the Ontario Public Health Association.

      Instructor: Cathy Egan
      Cathy Egan has been a Public Health Inspector since 1990 and held many positions in local and provincial public health agencies. Cathy has specialized in Infection Prevention and Control and is currently a professor at Conestoga College and conducts research in environmental disinfection.

      • 17 Nov 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
      • Online
      • 19
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

      Click here to read our Registration Policies

      • 18 Nov 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
      • Online
      • 16
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

      Click here to read our Registration Policies

      • 19 Nov 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
      • Online
      • 12
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

      Click here to read our Registration Policies

      • 10 Jun 2021
      • (EDT)
      • Heron Point Golf Links - 2787 Dunmark Rd, Alberton, ON L0R 1A0

      2021 OPA FOUNDATION
      DAVE GOWER MEMORIAL EVENT

      SAVE THE DATE!!!

      When:  Thursday, June 10, 2021

      Where:  Heron Point Golf Links - 2787 Dunmark Rd, Alberton, ON L0R 1A0


      What next: Event details to follow in the New Year. Until then, be sure to mark the date on your calendar, and stay tuned to the OPA website and watch your email for OPA eblasts on this fun annual OPA Foundation event!!!!


      REGISTRATION OPENS IN APRIL 2021!!! 

    Contact Us

    Ontario Parks Association
    60 Water Street North
    Cambridge, ON N1R 3B1
    Phone: 905-864-6182
    Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783

    Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


    Shelley May
    Office Manager
    905-864-6182 ext. 6710
    shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca

    Paul Ronan
    Executive Director
    c: 647-991-9444
    paul@ontarioparksassociation.ca

    Keely Powley

    Training Coordinator, Social Media, Events & Membership

    905-864-6182 ext. 6730

    opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca


    60 Water Street North, Cambridge, ON N1R 3B1 opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca 
    Charitable Tax Number: 127257509RR0001


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