Did You Know?
Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group
Join the OPA
Joining the OPA is easy. Simply fill in the online application, which will be reviewed within 5 business days.
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From a professional standpoint, the OPA has built a professional network via our Listserv, referrals, and website as well as webinars and conferences that helps provide education, links to research and connecting with your peers. Not to mention that a strong membership helps build a positive enhancement of our profile with Government, key stakeholders and to the public to increase our influence, visibility and allow us to support our members.
Naturally, there is also the discounted BMS liability Insurance we offer our members. This year we also announced an incredible discount perks program for our members that includes discounts from over 3000 businesses.
Despite COVID the OPA has achieved a lot this year, including development of a partnership with family physicians and nurse practitioners for mental health treatment, creation of ‘Guideline for Best Practices in Psychological remote Assessments’, a new e-referral system and reconstituting the Disaster Response Network to help frontline essential workers who have no or limited health benefit coverage.
Membership Categories & Fees
Student Affiliate 
Retired/On Leave 
Out of Province Registered Psychologist/Psychological Associates
ECP/ECPA (Supervised Practice registration) 
ECP/ECPA (Interim/Autonomous Practice) 
Professional Affiliate 
Dual Member (Regular) *CPA or OAP* 
Regular membership 
Administrative fee for late payments (2 Months Late)
Note: OPA Membership is from December 1st to November 30th each year
New Membership fees are prorated throughout the year
Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable
 Student Affiliate: Enrollment as a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate psychology fulltime program in a Canadian or International university. This category excludes registered psychologists or Psychological Associates. A letter of admission or transcript from a university to demonstrate enrollment into a psychology program is required and must be sent to [email protected] once an application has been submitted.
 Retired/On Leave: Members who are retired or are currently on parental or disability leave may apply to the OPA for a reduction in their membership fees. A Change of status by the College of Psychologist of Ontario may be needed.
 Out of Province: Requires proof of registration in a province other than Ontario. Do not qualify for liability insurance.
 Supervised Practice: Registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Psychologist or Psychological Associate holding a Certificate Authorizing Supervised Practice.
 Early Career Psychologists (ECP) and Early Career Psychological Associates (ECPA): Registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Psychologist or Psychological Associate holding a Certificate Authorizing Autonomous, dated within two (2) years of membership application or renewal. Those with Interim certificates must demonstrate ECP status. Must be a resident of Ontario.
 New/Retuning: New and/or returning members who meet the criteria for a regular membership. Must not have been an OPA member for at least three years. Valid for one time use only.
 Professional Affiliate: A Master of Arts/Master of Science degree in psychology or an equivalent and employed by or under the supervision of a Psychologist or Psychological Associate; OR certification or licensure by a College or Board of a profession whose members work collaboratively with Psychologists or Psychological Associates; OR academics in professions that are exempt from such a requirement. This category does not qualify for the Referral Directory or liability insurance.
 Dual Membership: Must be a Regular member with OPA, as well as a member with either the Canadian Psychological Association or Ottawa Academy of Psychology. Proof of membership required.
 Regular: Registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Psychologist or Psychological Associate holding a Certificate Authorizing Autonomous or Interim Practice who no longer meets the criteria for membership in the Early Career Category. Must be a resident of Ontario.