New practitioner, year one

Kickstart your career growth!

An OPA membership helps boost your career from the very start.

You are entering a challenging, fulfilling career in pharmacy. Your OPA membership prepares you for success by connecting you to a broader community of peers and mentors, discounts 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.

In order to qualify as a new practitioner, you must have been a student member in 2017. You may also be asked to show proof of pre-registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Have you renewed your DIRC subscription for 2018 yet? Click here to renew now!

Specifically, your membership offers you:

  • Networking Opportunities – The pharmacy profession is a close-knit community of bright and talented healthcare professionals. Seek out mentorship opportunities and rewarding interaction with your peers with discounted conference admission and other exclusive networking opportunities.
  • Continual Professional Development – OPA is the place for thought leadership and the exchange of new ideas in healthcare. Pharmacists deliver the best possible patient care when they are well-informed. Your OPA membership gives you discounted access to leading professional development opportunities at every stage of your career, including access to some member-exclusive courses. In addition, members get deeply discounted registration rates to our annual conference.
  • Advocacy – We are fighting for you, and for all Ontario’s pharmacists. We are the most trusted negotiating partner for the provincial and federal governments, and we work hard to champion your interests on funding, scope of practice, cannabis, opioids and so much more. Members help shape these efforts by electing Directors to our Board, and are kept up to date with a regular advocacy email newsletter, notifying you of our continued efforts influencing the government and public opinion.
  • Important News and Updates – OPA provides a variety of important resources for members. From medical information, to industry news, to updates about regulatory and practice changes affecting the profession, your OPA membership keeps you in the know. Tap in to our Practice Advisory Network for real-time assistance with your questions on MedsCheck, long-term care medications management, vaccines and more.
  • Exclusive Member Bonuses – OPA members receive a variety of great bonuses, from discounts on professional liability and personal insurance, to reduced rates for gym memberships.

An OPA membership delivers great value.

Your membership fee for 2018 offers you so much for just $120, and can be purchased online using the buttons below. At the time of purchase, you will also be able to take advantage of savings on insurance.

We’re transforming our profession.

Here’s one more great reason to be an OPA member for 2018: you will be a part of an exciting period of change for pharmacy.

Never before have Ontario pharmacy professionals had such powerful opportunities to improve patient outcomes with technology, increased scope of practice, and up-to-date knowledge. OPA is advocating for you as we embrace and lead this change.

Our 10,000+ community of pharmacy professionals is gaining momentum and energy.

Be part of the new OPA.

 Purchasing an OPA membership is the single biggest investment you can make in your career.

Here are a few last things you may need to know:

Existing Logins
If you have an existing OPA web login, but are not currently a member, please use the “renew” link above rather than “join”.


In order to qualify as a new practitioner, you must have been a student member in 2017 (undergraduate, intern and IPG only). You may be required to provide proof of enrollment before your membership application can be approved. You may also need to show proof of registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

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