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COVID-19 Conference Update and Survey

Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19 Conference Update and Survey

Dear OPC Members,

We hope that you are finding ways to cope during these hectic times. At OPC, we’re busy adapting the delivery of our member services while keeping everyone safe. Related to this, the board and conference committee have decided that it would be unwise to move forward with our in-person conference August 5th-8th in Fredericton.

We want to hear from our members to help decide how to best deliver the learning and networking this event brings and ask that you take part in a short, 4 question survey, by April 1st to let us know.

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We understand that many members use the conference as a tool to obtain your MCEs, and are working on providing virtual alternatives to you. Look out for a webinar round-up and more in the coming weeks.

Presenters, sponsors and exhibitors: Our events team will be reaching out to everyone individually soon to discuss our plans.

In the news…

There has been some relatively good news for the O&P community and our members in the past couple days.


Today, the Prime Minister has announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

$2,000 per month for four months for anyone who is losing their income as a result of this crisis. The CERB online portal will launch soon (possibly by April 6th) and initial payments will be issued within 10 days of application approval.

Trudeau also promised that more help for business is on the way.

Related resource: How small businesses can apply for COVID-19 wage subsidy, and is it enough to help?


We were relieved to see that O&P services are considered essential in Ontario under many of the exceptions to the provincial lock down:

  • 46. Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities.
  • 47. Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities
  • 51. Independent health facilities.
  • 53. Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals; medical devices and medical supplies.
  • 54. Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations (including but not limited to hospitals, labs, long-term care homes, other residential health care, physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives, and home care services);
  • 55. Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports.
  • 56. Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies.
  • 58. Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists, optometrists and physiotherapists.


CFIB Small Business Help Center

Amongst all of this uncertainty, it can be hard for a lot of our small business owners to know what to do. The CFIB has a great resource center that provides useful advice on many of the questions you may be asking yourself.

OPC Forum

OPC will be launching a members-only forum this week to allow you to better connect with your peers and discuss everything from current affairs to best practices. Look for an email from Sarah Beube, Membership Manager, in the next couple days!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback. The OPC board and staff are always here to help in any way we can.


Seamus Gearin, CAE
Executive Director

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020