Support

Have a question or need help? You have come to the right place. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions, links to related websites and downloadable documentation.


FAQ'S

Can I get insurance through the OPA?

The OPA strives to provide it's members as many benefits as possible, one of those being a discount on insurance through Prolink.

For more information on insurance, please contact Prolink directly and inquire into discounts available to OPA members.

Contact Prolink

Can I still access my old OPA member login?

The old OPA website has been closed, you may be able to locate it here to get access to old CPD certificates.

How Can a Paralegal Help?

In Ontario, Paralegals can represent you in a variety of different areas including:

  • Small Claims Court
  • Provincial Offences such as traffic tickets
  • Tribunals such as Human Rights, Landlord and Tenant, Workplace Safety, Social Benefits, Immigration & Refugee
  • Criminal charges e.g summary conviction charges
  • Accident Benefits Schedule claims
  • Commissioning documents
  • Mediation

How can I volunteer with the OPA?

The OPA wouldn't be possible without volunteers, every Board and Committee member is a volunteer, and we are always looking to engage new talent!

Check out our About page for more information!

Volunteer

How do I know I have registered for a CPD?

When you click on the event you will not see a "register now" button.

How do I merge my previous OPA account to the new website?

Accounts are not being merged into the new website. Because memberships previously were created fiscally and therefore all memberships are due to renew January 2018. This makes it a convenient time for all members to register for their new online profiles and renew / register fresh accounts.This way it also ensures members profiles are fully integrated into the new / updated sections of the site.

EXCEPTIONS: For the members whom have previously paid for 2018 memberships prior to the launch of the new website you should have received an email notifying you to click on "Forgot My Password" so you can login to the new site.

How do I register for Perkopolis benefits?

Perkopolis will require your membership number. Please provide your number as: OPA####.

You will need to exclude the zeroes ahead of your number.

Correct: OPA1234

Incorrect: OPA001234

How do I renew my OPA membership?

Through our new website launched (January 1st 2018) renewal is done completely online!

Simply register for your OPA membership with online payment and your account will be immediately activated.

Future renewals can be setup to automatically renew OR you may renew manually through your account login.

You will be prompted when it is time to do so.

How do I sign up for a discount with Rogers?

If you are an already a Rogers customer you need to call in to get the discount as they will ask to verify personal information.

You should call 844 776-4377

If you want to activate a new line they reach out to Randy Bacchus by email randy@global-wireless.ca or by phone 416.567.7319

Either way, please have your OPA membership number ready!

How do I view past CPDs?

The Events page of your OPA Portal will provide access to past events.

If you were not a member at the time of the event, you will be unable to register to watch by webinar.

2015, 2016 and 2017 event information is posted under the Forum page.

You must be logged in to your OPA account.

Events

My name and contact does not appear in the directory for Find A Paralegal, how do I add this information in?

Once you become a member of the OPA, login to your OPA portal. At the bottom of your dashboard (the page when you login to your portal), you will see a blue button that says "EDIT DIRECTORY LISTING". Click on this link and enter your information, once you have done this and you have updated these details in your profile, you will see your directory information has been added to the Find A Paralegal section of the website.

What are my CPD requirements?

While the OPA is pleased to provide free CPDs to it's members, both in person and by webinar, we would encourage you to review the Law Society of Ontario CPD requirements to be sure you are not falling short.

CPD Requirements - The Law Society of Ontario

What is the difference between membership classes?

“Individual Member” means any person who holds a P1 licence in good standing with the LSO and is shown in the LSO Paralegal Directory as providing legal services, and who abides by the Association’s Principles of Conduct, may be entitled to a Voting Membership.

“Associate Member” means any person who holds a P1 license as issued by the LSO, and whose status is defined as “Not Providing Legal Services” by LSO, may at his/her option, be entitled to an Associate membership in lieu of an Individual Membership.

“Student Member” means any Student enrolled in a recognized accredited Paralegal Program in Ontario or Paralegal Candidate who is not currently the holder of a P1 licence and who abides by the Association’s Principles of Conduct may be entitled to a Student Membership.

“Retired Member” means an Individual member who is at least 60 years of age and who has been a member in good standing of a law society for at least 10 years, and who has retired from the active provision of legal services by permanently resigning from the law society may be entitled to a Retired Membership.

"Honourary Member" the Board, by resolution, may admit any person(s) who, in the opinion of the Board, has made an outstanding contribution to the development of, and/or, has furthered the purposes of the OPA.

All classes of membership are eligible to attend CPD events, but only Individual Members will receive credit for their hours.

For more information on Memberships, please visit the 2018 Bylaws or the Memberships page.

What is the scope of practice for paralegals in Ontario?

The regulatory scheme set out in the Law Society's By-Law 4 permits paralegals to practise in what were already permitted areas of practice. Subsection 6 (2) authorizes licensed paralegals to represent someone:

  • in Small Claims Court
  • in the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act
  • on summary conviction offences where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months' imprisonment and /or a $5,000 fine
  • before administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

A person with a paralegal licence can do the following in the course of representing a client in any of the above-mentioned proceedings:

  • give legal advice concerning legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding
  • draft or assist with drafting documents for use in a proceeding
  • negotiate on behalf of a person who is a party to a proceeding.

Paralegals are not permitted to appear in Family Court and may not provide legal services that only a lawyer may provide, such as drafting wills or handling real estate transactions or estates.

For more information on Paralegals in Ontario, please refer to the Law Society of Ontario's website.

Paralegal Scope - The Law Society of Ontario

When does my OPA membership renew?

As of January 2018 OPA memberships are now annual memberships.

Example:

Purchase date: August 1, 2018

Renewal date: August 1, 2019

Why are my CPD hours not showing in my Dashboard?

If you have recently completed a CPD with the OPA and are noticing that the hours are not visible on your OPA Dashboard, it is likely the hours are pending accreditation from the LSO. Your account will be updated when the hours are approved.

If you have viewed a webinar, please be aware the form link is currently inactive. Please email lee-anne@opaonline.ca if you are not seeing your hours and you have not received a certificate of attendance.


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