New Practitioner Memberships

If you are in your first, second, third or fourth year of full-time practice as a pharmacist*, you may apply as a new practitioner member. Membership is a great way to develop professional contacts, continue lifelong learning, and shape your own career while having a voice in the direction of the entire profession.

To determine your membership type, please base your selection on your years in practice as of January 1 of the new membership year (e.g., January 1, 2017 for the 2017 membership year). Written your exams but haven't received your results yet? Assume the best and register as a first year new practitioner!

First year new practitioners

If you are in your first year of pharmacy practice as a licensed pharmacist.  First year new pracitioners pay 20% of the cost of full membership.

Second year new practitioners

If you are in your second year of pharmacy practice as a licensed pharmacist and were an OPA member as a first year new pracitioner. Second year new pracitioners pay 40% of the cost of full membership.

Third year new pracitioners

If you are in your third year of pharmacy practice as a licensed pharmacist and were an OPA member as a second year new pracitioner.  Third year new pracitioners pay 60% of the cost of full membership.

NEW for 2017: Fourth year new pracitioners

If you are in your fourth year of pharmacy practice as a licensed pharmacist and were an OPA member as a third year new pracitioner. Fourth year new practitioners pay 80% of the cost of full membership.

*After completion of an undergraduate pharmacy degree or IPG program. Status will be determined based on past OPA memberhsip levels and/or license date with OCP. Licensed pharmacists who have completed graduate programs, or who have recently transferred to Ontario from another province should register as Full members.

Helping you transition into practice

As a new practitioner member, you will receive all the benefits and privileges of a full member, including voting privileges, at a graduated fee schedule designed to help ease your transition into practice.  

Becoming a member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association also provides you with:

  • significant savings on your insurance (including professional liability, home and auto, health and life insurance)
  • savings on OPA's professional development programs which are designed to help you translate knowledge into practice (bundle professional development with your membership purchase to save even more)
  • benefits and discounts on a range of personal and professional purchases
  • access to important professional resources, including the new OPA Practice Support Network

Privileges: Voting privileges and the opportunity to hold positions on the Board and committees.

Ontario Pharmacists Association memberships may be cancelled at any time, however membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Requests made in writing within 10 calendar days of purchase may be considered, however, in all cases, an administration fee of 10 per cent of the membership fee (plus HST) will be charged.

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