OPA’s new practitioners span the first four years of a pharmacy career with affordable and tiered pricing to help you ease into your career as a pharmacist. An OPA membership will prepare you for success by connecting you to a broader community of peers and mentors, savings on professional development and access to tools and resources such as Shift Assist™ where you can apply for shifts throughout pharmacies to gain the experience you need for your career.
Watch our video about membership with OPA, click on the links below to learn more about the benefits new practitioners receive, and then join OPA or renew your membership today.
The number one reason that pharmacy professionals join OPA is to be part of a collective voice that advocates on behalf of the pharmacy profession. Together, we have changed the pharmacy profession and improved the healthcare system for our patients. But, we’re not done yet. The next few years in Ontario healthcare will bring unlimited potential for pharmacy. It’s never been more important to raise our voices and be heard. Revisit where pharmacy’s been in Ontario, and then make your commitment to be part of the next wave of healthcare in Ontario by joining or renewing your membership with OPA.
Education and Practice
New practitioners can benefit from free on-line programs such as Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Migraine, Take-home Naloxone, Biologics and Biosimilars – an Introductory Program for Pharmacy not to mention OPA’s low-cost to members, CCCEP-approved Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacists Certificate Program.LEARN MORE ABOUT PD
OPA offers 11 lines of insurance to help keep pace with the changing landscape of pharmacy. OPA members get discounts on professional liability, store insurance and personal insurance like health and dental, out-of country emergency medical, term life and more. OPA’s Professional Liability program is $164/year – the most affordable insurance with comprehensive coverage in the pharmacy profession – with the option of up to $5 million in coverage.READ MORE
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Tools and Resources
OPA develops member-only tools and resources to help pharmacists keep current with pharmacy hot topics, and help them successfully interpret and implement government policies and College regulations. In addition to our Practice Support Network that provides real-time assistance to help you manage your practice, OPA publishes on-demand tools to help pharmacy professionals better care for their patients including discussion tools on improving anti-microbial resistance, responding to and preventing robberies, tapering and switching patient medications, store-level posters for naloxone, flu, OHIP+, and providing patients with tip sheets on more than 20 topics. New tools are continually developed as topics emerge for today’s pharmacy professional.READ MORE
The options for a career in pharmacy are limitless. Whether you’re working as a pharmacist on the front-lines helping patients manage their healthcare, providing expertise in an academic or industry setting, advocating for the profession in a stakeholder capacity, or some other way – a career in pharmacy can take you in many different directions. Use our career resources such as Shift Assist™ or our job postings to look for work, recruit for your next pharmacy position or help you network with your colleagues.READ MORE ABOUT OUR CAREER RESOURCES
Affinity Program Benefits
OPA New Practitioner members enjoy the same group savings as full pharmacist members with more than 20 Affinity Program partners. Some members have saved more than the cost of membership on discounts with partners such as TELUS, Flight Centre, VIA, GoodLife, Mercedes Benz, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Canadian Red Cross Certification and more. New this year, OPA has brought back Pharmacists Letter and Pharmacy Technician Letter and added Natural Medicines Database - all at 15% off! Also, sign up for our new partnership with Staples where you can save 10% off business products.READ MORE ABOUT ALL OF OUR AFFINITY PROGRAM BENEFITS
Associate Partner Programs
Raise your level of knowledge within the pharmacy profession with OPA’s Associate Partner benefits with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, as well as up to 50% off membership in the American Pharmacists Association. Additional benefits can be realized with membership in each of these Associations. OPA New Practitioner members also receive a subscription to CPhA’s Canadian Pharmacists Journal.READ MORE ABOUT OUR ASSOCIATE PARTNERS MEMBERSHIP
Pharmacy Profession Communications
OPA keeps its members connected to pharmacy through a number of regular communications channels. OPA members receive weekly communications through eBulletin and Important Updates, and members have access to OPA’s monthly blog, Beyond the Counter as well as patient tip sheets on pharmacy hot topics, Ontario Pharmacist and Ontario Pharmacy Technician magazines.READ MORE ABOUT OUR COMMUNICATION WITH MEMBERS
Cost for New Practitioner Memberships
If you are having issues signing up online, complete the New Practitioners Year 1 and 2 application form or the New Practitioners Year 3 and 4 application form and email it to email@example.com or fax it to 416-441-0791.