Advocating for excellence in practice and care
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. With more than 10,000 members, OPA is Canada's largest advocacy organization, and professional development and drug information provider for pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practise to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. The pharmacy sector plays a strong role in Ontario with an economic impact of more than $6.3 billion across 4,500 pharmacies, employing 60,000 Ontarians.
We are dedicated to working on behalf of patients, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students across the province to evolve the practice of pharmacy and advocate for the highest standards of professional excellence and fair compensation.
To advance the pharmacy profession as a vital healthcare provider through advocacy, innovation and support services.
To be a respected leader in the pharmacy profession focused on health and wellness.
Membership and structure
Our membership includes more than 10,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students working in a variety of settings and roles. We also have more than 2,800 drug information subscribers and more than 6,500 continuing education enrollments each year.
Incorporated in 1966, our organization is governed by a Board of Directors elected by pharmacy professionals from five districts across the province, and includes representatives from hospitals and community pharmacies, as well as pharmacy students from all pharmacy schools in Ontario.
Support for health professionals
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is proud of the profession and the work we do to support it. Our staff and members are inspired to help pharmacists improve healthcare for their patients and to ensure the profession of pharmacy continues to evolve.
We provide leadership and support in a number of ways to enable pharmacists and other health professionals to deliver the best possible care to patients and ensure excellence in our profession. These include:
- Professional development programs
- Drug information
- Standards of practice
- Insurance programs
- Patient education tools
- Research and advocacy activities
The Association is committed to building collaborative and productive working relationships with the Ontario government, the Ontario College of Pharmacists and other health agencies to achieve our goals.