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Our Members. Our Focus. Our Strength.

Ontario Provincial Police Official Photographer Jayne van der Veen joins 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to discuss her job and career. 

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.

Music – “Line of Fire” by Jason Shaw available at Audionautix.com and used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

The OPP Association is the sole bargaining agent for the close to 10,000 members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada. Our members are our focus and our strength. We aim to provide important information to our members and the public about matters that affect policing in the province of Ontario. 

The registration link is live for the the 2nd Annual Greg Pierzchala Memorial Run taking place in Barrie on the May 11th, 2024. All are welcome. Raceroster.com

An online vote for OPPA Branch 1 Essex County Director was conducted between March 11 – April 9, 2024. The candidates were Mike Rosato and Leo Arakelian. A total of 161 votes were received from a total of 264 eligible electors. Mike Rosato received 103 votes (64%), and Leo Arakelian received 58 votes (36%). There were no abstentions. Congratulations to Mike Rosato elected for a three year term. Thanks to Leo Arakelian running as a candidate and thank you to all who took the time to vote.

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of JOHN WILFRED HERBERT (HERB) BUTLER Badge #3638 who passed away on March 5, 2024. Herb served his entire career at Chapleau Detachment before retiring as a Senior Constable on January 31, 1994.

Herb is survived by his wife Lorraine.

A private family Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations to:
Northern Cancer Research Foundation
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury ON P3E 5J1

Letters or cards of condolence may be forwarded to
Mrs. Lorraine Butler
Box 41- 141 Lansdowne Street South
Chapleau ON P0M 1K0

Thank you to all of our OPP Communicators and our fellow First Responder Dispatchers and Call Takers past and present for being the lifeline for our communities, our police officers, paramedics and fire fighters

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of GERALD (GERRY) SMITH Badge #7214 who passed away on April 5, 2024. Gerald served at Oak Ridges, Aurora, Bradford, and Apsley Detachments before retiring as a Sergeant from the Kawartha (Peterborough County) Detachment on November 30, 2017.

Gerry is survived by his wife Julia, children Melissa and Andrea and stepchildren Ben and Emma.

Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 1400 hrs to 1600 hrs and 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs
Highland Park Funeral Centre
2510 Bensfort Road
Peterborough ON K9J 1C5

Funeral Service:
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 1000 hrs
Highland Park Funeral Centre – Chapel
2510 Bensfort Road
Peterborough ON K9J 1C5

Family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations to:
Cops for Cancer – Pedal for Hope

Letters or cards of condolence may be forwarded to
Mrs. Julia Smith and Family
8 Maple Avenue
Norwood ON K0L 2V0

Every second Wednesday of the month, The OPP Association (OPPA) Pension & Benefits Team will be hosting virtual civilian onboarding sessions to introduce new civilian members to the Association and provide information regarding insured benefit and insurance coverage and options. The next session will be Wednesday April 10, 2024 from 1300 hrs to 1430 hrs via Zoom.

These sessions are intended for civilian members who have recently joined the OPP or have recently become eligible for benefit coverage under the OPPA plan. The sessions will consist of a 45-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session with the Pension and Benefits Team. The OPPA Board of Directors has received permission from OPP Commissioner Carrique to allow members to attend on work time. Members wishing to attend will need to seek approval from their manager to avoid any potential operational impacts.


Online registration is available at memberlink.oppa.ca. Please login using your OPPA website username and password, then click the “Events” drop down and select “List of Events”. Following registration, members will receive an e-mail from benefits@oppa.ca providing the Zoom link.

For Members not setup on the website, please register by sending an email to benefits@oppa.ca.

We look forward to meeting members, providing information related to the Association and the insured benefits and insurances available to our classified members, as well as assisting with the completion of group benefits forms.

Click on video to listen to Presidents of the OPPA, TPA and PAO speak at today’s press conference

Today OPPA President John Cerasuolo was joined by OPPA Directors Rob Jamieson and Mike Adair, the Toronto Police Association, the Police Association of Ontario, Police Associations and Police Services from across Ontario, and Public Safety Personnel in Aurora for the Ontario Government launch of the Ontario Immediate Family Wellness Program (OIFWP).

This Ontario Government is investing $3.18 million into mental health services tailored specifically for the families of Public Safety Personnel in Ontario who have lost a loved one in the line of duty or to a suicide.

This program is modelled on the OPPA’s existing Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program (which will not change), and is specific to the extended families and loved ones of line of duty deaths and suicides who may not be covered by traditional dependent benefits.

The program serves as a lifeline, offering comprehensive support including counseling, therapy, and mental health treatment. The program will also provide compassionate assistance for up to two years following a tragedy, ensuring timely access to crucial services at no cost. Eligible family members, including partners, parents, siblings, children, or identified significant individuals, will have access to crisis support, counseling, and therapy via phone or online. 

This three-step care model encompasses crisis and care planning available 24/7, comprehensive services facilitating rapid access to counseling, and proactive care tailored to individual needs and locations.

For further details visit the Ontario Government press release for the launch below.

To improve service to our Members, the OPP Association will be changing our mass email program (e-blasts) from Constant Contact to Mailchimp. This change will take place during the week of April 15, 2024.

If you have already signed up for the new website, your email address will be automatically transferred over, and you don’t need to take any action. However, if you haven’t signed up for the OPPA website yet, but still want to receive important OPPA news and updates via email, please take a moment to sign up. It’s a simple process!

To gain access to the new website and to continue to receive OPPA email blast-outs, Members must first register one time with ‘Memberlink’ – please complete this sign-up as soon as possible – here’s how you do it:

  1. Visit the website: MemberLink (oppa.ca)
  2. Click on the “Sign up Now” button
  3. Enter your Member ID (WIN #)
  4. Enter your first and last name exactly as it appears on your pay stub or annual pension statement
  5. Enter your email – *Please note, for your privacy, you should not use your OPP email address, members should use a personal email account
  6. Click register
  7. An email will be sent to the address you registered with, check your email and click on the link to confirm your identity
  8. Once you confirm your identity via email you are ready to access the new website

A video demonstration can be found here to help you get signed up.

*If you receive an error message, please ensure you have entered your name as it appears on your pay stub. Return to the registration page and re-enter your information.

If you do not remember, or do not have a WIN #, or if you continue to experience difficulties, please contact our office directly at oppa@oppa.ca.

To change your Memberlink password for the website click here.

Once you are registered, you will be redirected to the OPPA website, and your email will be part of the new email system.

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of JOSEPH VAN HOOF Badge #4710 who passed away on March 29, 2024. Joseph served at the Essex Detachment before retiring as a Senior Constable from the Huntsville Detachment on September 30, 1999.

Joseph is survived by his wife Irena and children Edwardo and Christopher.

Celebration of Life:
Sunday April 21, 2024 from 1300 hrs to 1600 hrs
Billingsley Funeral Home
430 Ravenscliffe Road
Huntsville ON P1H 1C7

Family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations to:
Table Food Bank
9 Hanes Street
Huntsville ON P1H 1G8
Salvation Army Food Bank
4 Mary Street East
Huntsville ON P1H 1W4

Letters or cards of condolence may be forwarded to
Mrs. Irena Van Hoof and Family
620 Fowler Road
Huntsville ON P1H 018