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Click here to see the full list of courses OPA offers.

 

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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Upcoming events

    • 16 Nov 2021
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • 11:55 PM
    Register

    Ontario Parks Association takes great pride in taking time each year to recognize and celebrate the individuals, groups and companies whose work has significantly impacted our parks, the profession, and our environment in a positive way.

    Do you know an individual, group or company who shows their passion for our parks, open spaces and/or environment in the work that they do, people who have worked to raise awareness of our parks, or had a significant impact on the betterment of our parks or the environment, or a staff member or team who has gone above and beyond in serving our industry? If so, show your appreciation for their dedication to our industry by nominating them for one of the Ontario Parks Association's Protecting Tomorrow Today®Awards. 

    Every member of OPA is entitled to submit nominations for any one or more of these awards. Deadline for nomination forms is December 31st. Nominees will be assessed by a selection committee comprised of members of our Board of Directors.

    Please see below for a list of the available awards, and the information you will need to complete your nomination form.

    Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of those who are helping us meet our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®.

    Recognition Categories

    The following categories are open to any individual/group:

    Community Engagement – This award recognizes an individual or group who have raised awareness of our parks, open spaces and/or environment in their local municipality through the development and/or implementation of community engagement activities.

    Environmental Impact - Awarded to an individual or organization whose contributions have had a significant impact on the betterment of our parks, the profession, or the environment in Ontario.

    Urban Design - Recognizing architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, developers, builders and other individuals responsible for the design of municipal parks, public spaces, streetscapes, and urban intensification projects that have a focus on protecting our environment through the use of sustainable green infrastructure innovations and technologies.

    The following categories are open to OPA members only:

    Parks Champion - Celebrating a staff member or team who have demonstrated a passion for the environment by: 1) going above and beyond - exhibiting a high level of commitment, initiative, cooperation, and dedication in their job responsibilities; or 2) impacting their municipality through new and innovative green strategies and mentorship.

    President’s Award – Recognizing an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the Ontario Parks Association over a period of years.

    Lifetime Achievement Award - This citation is the highest honour presented by OPA and is presented to an individual who, over a period of at least 10 years, has made exceptional contributions to the parks and open space industry and to the Association, contributing significantly to the good and welfare of the Association.

    Information required to complete the nomination form:

    • Your name and contact details
    • Nominee's name and email address
    • The applicable recognition category (i.e. Community Engagement, Environmental ImpactUrban Design, Parks Champion, President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement). 
    • Reason for the nomination - You will be asked to list the achievements of the nominee, keeping in mind the award description. You are encouraged to include supporting documents (i.e. photos, newspaper clippings, etc.) when submitting your completed form. In the case of an individual, please provide a brief biography that includes occupation and any pertinent personal data.

    Once you are ready to proceed with your nomination just click the green "Register" button in the column to the left. 

    • 11 Jan 2022
    • 9:30 AM
    • 18 Jan 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online - Webex (Link will be provided via email to registrants)
    • 5
    Register

    Managing trails is about managing risk. Offering trail opportunities creates a significant community asset with immense tangible and intangible benefits. Balanced against these positive effects comes an obligation and responsibility to do it right. There is an inherent tension between providing recreation opportunities and at the same time protecting against their possible negative side effects. This is the mediating role risk management plays. This live webinar lays the foundation for trail builders, managers and volunteers to plan and organize their risk management practices. This introductory theory course is part 1 of a two-part risk management module, which is the foundation course for the Ontario Trails Council’s full Trail Management Training program.

    The theory session covers:

    • Mandatory baseline risk management practices
    • The legal environment and defenses against negligence
    • Risk management systems and user safety
    • Access, information and signage principles

    This live webinar is taught by Jeff Jackson, Ph.D., a recognized expert in trail risk management and long-time facilitator of the OTC’s risk management training. His experience ranges from provincial level policy development, expert opinion in trail-based legal proceedings, publishing a number of risk management chapters in trail related publications, and work as a trail builder and manager in both winter and summer.

    NOTE: This 7.5 hour training program will be delivered via three 2.5 hour online sessions - January 11, 13 and 18 from 9:30 AM to Noon.

    This course is being delivered in partnership with Ontario Trails Council and counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

    Please register online, an invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can then 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.

    • 08 Feb 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Online
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Are you or your staff aware that if you block a lane of traffic to conduct your activities, you are required by law to take specific actions? The OPA Book 7 half-day course will give you all the information you need to ensure you work in compliance with ministry requirements. You will receive a reference book to help you safely secure your lane so you can proceed with your work in a safe and ministry compliant manner.


    This course will cover:

    • When to apply Book 7 procedures

    • How to draft a traffic layout plan 

    • What personal protective clothing, signage, and pylon placement are required

    • Ontario Health and Safety Regulations


    Required materials: Please purchase a copy of the Book 7 Manual found on the ServiceOntario Publications website.


    DATE: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

    TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required) 


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $185.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $285.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    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.

    • 08 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Online
    • 12
    Register

    Are you or your staff aware that if you block a lane of traffic to conduct your activities, you are required by law to take specific actions? The OPA Book 7 half-day course will give you all the information you need to ensure you work in compliance with ministry requirements. You will receive a reference book to help you safely secure your lane so you can proceed with your work in a safe and ministry compliant manner.


    This course will cover:

    • When to apply Book 7 procedures

    • How to draft a traffic layout plan 

    • What personal protective clothing, signage, and pylon placement are required

    • Ontario Health and Safety Regulations


    Required materials: Please purchase a copy of the Book 7 Manual found on the ServiceOntario Publications website.


    DATE: Tuesday, March 8, 2022

    TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required) 


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $185.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $285.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    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.

    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON and 364 College Ave E Guelph, Wellington Co, Ontario, N1G 2W1

    Save the date!

    Event details for this awesome annual event will follow in 2022.


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