ontario parks association

Protecting Tomorrow Today®

  • Home
  • Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

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. 


Please click here to view OPA’s Registration Policies including:

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

Upcoming events

    • 16 Nov 2021
    • 31 Mar 2022
    • 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 has been extended to March 31, 2022. 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. 

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

    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
    • 10
    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.

    • 22 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Mar 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • 177 West Street, Smithville, ON, L0R 2A0
    • 3
    Register

    As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. While we have entered a new set of lockdown restrictions, we will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 


    COVID PROTOCOLS:

    To ensure compliance with our host city's COVID protocols, all registrants must be able to provide proof of two (2) vaccine doses via the required QR code both upon registration (via email) and on the day of the training along with valid ID. Those with a medical exemption must provide proof of this exemption through the required QR code, and will need to provide a negative COVID test taken the morning of the training. Admittance will not be provided for those that arrive at the training without the required documentation, and refunds will not be issued for those who are not admitted for that reason. 

    COURSE INFORMATION:

    Working safely in a parks environment requires a comprehensive understanding of the tasks at hand and the equipment designed to effectively and efficiently perform the work. Today’s parks and open space practitioners must be able to function in various capacities. 


    This two-day course is designed to help enhance the competencies of both new and seasoned employees, while setting the right foundation blocks for those being introduced to the world of green space maintenance and management. Participants will be introduced to industry best practices, equipment, health and safety in the workplace and liability of the employee or municipality. Participants will also practice documentation and learn legislative requirements for protecting the municipality.


    This course will cover:

    • Legislation (OH&S, Bill C-45, WHMIS)
    • Personal Safety (potential hazards, PPE)
    • Accident Investigation & Documentation *Case Study and Assignment*
    • Invasive Species
    • Best Practices
    • Equipment Types & Operation
    • CVOR
    • Fuel Handling


    DATE: March 22 & 23, 2022

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    LOCATION: 177 West Street, Smithville, ON, L0R 2A0


    COURSE COST
    OPA Member: $416.00
    OPA Potential Member: $653.00


    This course counts as 2 credits 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.

    • 28 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 01 Apr 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Whitby, ON
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. While we have entered a new set of lockdown restrictions, we will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 

    COVID Policy:

    To ensure compliance with our host city's COVID protocols, all registrants must be able to provide proof of two (2) vaccine doses via the required QR code both upon registration (via email) and on the day of the training along with valid ID. Those with a medical exemption must provide proof of this exemption through the required QR code, and will need to provide a negative COVID test taken each morning of the training. Admittance will not be provided for those that arrive at the training without the required documentation, and refunds will not be issued for those who are not admitted for that reason. 

    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: March 28 - April 1, 2022

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: Whitby, ON


    COURSE COST

    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.

    • 30 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre - 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 138

    Join us at our 65th Annual Parks Education Forum for a day of education, recognition, and networking with other parks professionals and industry vendors. 

    Event Date: Wednesday March 30 2022

    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre

                             3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

    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 (Registration closed January 31st)

    OPA Member: $170.00
    Potential Member: $200.00
    Members Save: $30.00

    Late Bird Rates (As of February 1st)
    OPA Member: $210
    Potential Member: $240

    Members Save: $30.00



    Interested in having a table top display at our mini trade show? Click here

    Interested in being an event sponsor? Click here
    • 30 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 19

    Event Date: Wednesday March 30 2022

    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre

                              3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9


    OPA Member Fees - Registration opens to members only on December 10th.
    • OPA Member Early Bird Rate: $550 (Register by January 31st)
    • OPA Member Late Bird Rate:  $600

    Potential Member Fees - Registration opens to potential members January 6th.

    • Potential Member Early Bird Rate: $600 (Register by January 31st)
    • Potential Member Late Bird Rate:  $640

    Please note above price includes buffet breakfast and lunch for ONE. Meal tickets for additional representatives can be purchased for $50/person when registering. All company representatives attending MUST be registered in advance.

    Event Schedule and Details (please click link)


    Details: Twenty-two 6' tables will be set up around the insider perimeter of our meeting room, creating an intimate networking opportunity for vendors and parks professionals. Time will be allotted prior to the official start of the day and during breaks throughout the day for event attendees to meet and chat with vendors. Showcase your products and services to industry professionals from across Ontario. Create new relationships. Re-connect with existing customers.


    Table Top Selection - Please review the current table reservations list below to determine which tables are available, then refer to the master floor plan to select your top 3 preferred table locations - you will need this information to register. Tables are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, your table number will be confirmed via separate email once your registration has been processed.

    Please note: This event will run regardless of weather conditions. We cannot offer refunds when notice is given 14 days or less before the event.


    Current table reservations: 

    Table 1 - Ure-Tech Surfaces Inc.
    Table 2 -  Bannerman Limited
    Table 3 - PlayPower Canada
    Table 4 -  ABC Recreation
    Table 5 - 
    Table 6 - 
    Table 7 - 
    Table 8 -  
    Table 9 - 
    Table 10 - 
    Table 11 - 
    Table 12 -
    Table 13 - 
    Table 14 -  Everplay Installation Inc. 
    Table 15 - 
    Table 16 - 
    Table 17 - 
    Table 18 - 
    Table 19 - 
    Table 20 - 
    Table 21 -  Vanco Farms

    Table 22 - Henderson Recreation Equipment Limited.

    Hotel Accommodations:
    Holiday Inn Burlington - Call 1-888-987-4888 to reserve your room and take advantage of the OPA room discount.

    Rate: $124.00 plus taxes.

    Rate is based on Single/Double Occupancy. Additional person is $10.00 per room per night. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.


    • 30 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre, 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 5

    Sponsorship Opportunities


    Date: Wednesday March 30 2022
    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre

                              3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

    Please note: This event will run regardless of weather conditions. We cannot offer refunds when notice is given 14 days or less before the event.


    Education Session Sponsor - $400 (5 available):

    Session 1: Mental Resilience and Psychological Safety

    Session 2: Building Churchill Meadows Sports Park 

    Session 3: Creating Canada’s First National Urban Park 

    Session 4: The State of Parks as Green Infrastructure (Not confirmed as of yet)

    Session 5: Exploring Parks and Open Spaces With the Indigenous Community


    Each Education Sponsorship purchased includes the following:

    One Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 

    Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag

    Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event

    Company Name in Green Sward

    Company Name on OPA Website with Link


    Lunch Sponsors- $300

    One Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 

    Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag

    Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event

    Company Name in Green Sward

    Company Name on OPA Website with Link


    Breakfast Sponsors - $200

    Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event

    Company Name in Green Sward

    Company Name on OPA Website with Link
    Note:  All prices are HST free.

    Click here  for event details and to meet our presenters

    Interested in having a table top display at the Education Forum? Click here for Vendor Registration

      • 02 May 2022
      • 8:00 AM
      • 06 May 2022
      • 5:00 PM
      • Komoka Wellness Centre - 1 Tunks Ln, Middlesex Centre, ON N0L 1R0
      • 16
      Register

      As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. While we have entered a new set of lockdown restrictions, we will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 

      COVID Policy:

      To ensure compliance with our host city's COVID protocols, all registrants must be able to provide proof of two (2) vaccine doses via the required QR code both upon registration (via email) and on the day of the training along with valid ID. Those with a medical exemption must provide proof of this exemption through the required QR code, and will need to provide a negative COVID test taken the morning of the training. Admittance will not be provided for those that arrive at the training without the required documentation, and refunds will not be issued for those who are not admitted for that reason. 

      Event Details:

      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: May 2 - May 6, 2022

      TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

      LOCATION: Komoka Wellness Centre - 1 Tunks Ln, Middlesex Centre, ON N0L 1R0


      COURSE COST

      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.

      • 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.


    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software