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For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of the courses listed here to your municipality or organization. We encourage you to let us know if you are interested even if you can only send one or two staff. We will combine your training with neighbouring organizations. Not only will this provide valuable training, but also foster and facilitate communication and experience sharing among your local and neighboring organizations. Call today to register and we will assist you through the process. 

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  • Cancellation / Substitution and Transfer Policy
  • Privacy Statement
  • Waiver / Disclaimer

Upcoming events

    • 08 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Nov 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive Whitby, ON L1R 3M2
    • 0

    Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved and responsible for the hands-on inspections and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities.

    Safe Play - A High Priority

    Ontario Parks Association places a high priority and commitment on the provision of safe play structures in our public spaces. We want to help ensure that they are safe and accessible. OPA also emphasizes the strong need to educate caregivers, supervisors and others about the benefits of positive and safe play experiences for our children.


    What You Will Learn

    Attending this course will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. This course uses the CAN/CSA-Z614-20, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course. Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, representative of the CSA Standards Association and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:

    Playspace Strategies Playspace Evaluation Playspace Management
    space requirements playvalue and hazard identification liability and insurance
    playability inspection and maintenance due diligence
    access/egress requirements surfacing evaluation contractual obligations
    playspace design record keeping risk management
    age appropriate issues CSA overview owner/operator responsibilities
    playspace materials corrective actions employee/manager responsibilities
    playspace construction   playvalue and practical choices

    Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds.


    OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

    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 (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it 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) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    PLEASE NOTE: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring their own lunch, coffee and snacks.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    COVID-19 Screening:

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are taking steps to reduce the risk of all parties involved in our training programs. Prior to attending training there will be a screening form attendees are required to complete and all attendees and instructors are required to wear face coverings at all times. If you have any of the symptoms below, you may not attend your training session. You will be able to move your registration to a future session when you are symptom free. 

    • New or worsening signs or symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, new smell or taste disorders, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, unexplained fatigue/malaise, chills, or headache?
    • Travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
    • A fever?
    • Close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19?
    • Worked in a lab that tests for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days by a lab test or are you

    DATE: November 8 - 12, 2021

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive, Whitby, ON L1R 3M2


    OPA Member: $1,306.00

    OPA Potential Member: $1,543.00

    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 17 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
    • 147

    Event Date:        Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Event Location: ONLINE

    Event Schedule and Details: To see the event schedule, meet our presenters and read about the education sessions, please click here.

    Attendee Pricing:

    Early Bird Rates (Register before October 31st)

    OPA Member: $130.00
    Potential Member: $180.00
    Members Save: $50.00

    Late Bird Rates (Register after November 1st)
    OPA Member: $160
    Potential Member: $210

    Members Save: $50.00

    Interested in have a virtual booth display at our exclusive trade show? Click here

    Interested in being an event sponsor? Click here
    • 17 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
    • 25

    Event Date:       Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Event Location: Online

    OPA Member Fees 
    • OPA Member Early Bird Rate: $400 (Register by October 31st)
    • OPA Member Late Bird Rate:  $500

    Potential Member Fees 

    • Potential Member Early Bird Rate: $500 (Register by October 31st)
    • Potential Member Late Bird Rate:  $600

    (Price includes registration for up to three representatives)

    OPA is offering a limited number of exhibitor spots to maximize the opportunity for our committed vendors to increase your exposure and engage with our members. 

    Why Exhibit in 2021?

    • Connect with the right people in the parks industry
    • Promote and elevate your brand
    • Get new leads and customer data
    • Foster customer relationships
    • Take advantage of networking time that is built into the program - be online to connect with clients
    • Show your support for Ontario Parks Association
    • Receive 1 complimentary pass to the Forum
    • Your company logo and link  in Green Sward, on OPA website, and in post-event follow-up email to all attendees
    • Attendee contact information will be captured and shared with vendors post-event

    As a vendor, you will have access to:

    • Virtual exhibitor space which includes business description & services; social media links; videos, GIFs, static imagery; and representative information
    • Connect with participants through public chat board exclusive to each vendor page, secure one-to-one chat and video conferencing
    • Share marketing files and collateral on your vendor page

    Event Details (please click link)

    • 17 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
    • 5

    Event Date:       Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Event Location: Online

    Promote your company while supporting our parks education sessions and your Ontario Parks Association. As an Education Session Sponsor, your sponsorship includes exclusive sponsorship of one virtual session.  You will have a sponsor page on the event portal website, your logo on the event website, on the OPA website and in the Green Sward magazine. In addition, OPA will send an email to attendees post-event containing a thank you to our sponsors which will include your logo linked to your website, along with a few words describing the product or service your offer. You will also receive one complimentary pass to the Forum.

    We have five Education Session Sponsor opportunities available:

    1. Session 1: Mental Resilience and Psychological Safety
    2. Session 2A: Building Churchill Meadows Sports Park 
    3. Session 2B: Creating Canada’s First National Urban Park 
    4. Session 3: The State of Parks as Green Infrastructure 
    5. Session 4: Exploring Parks and Open Spaces With the Indigenous Community

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