Benefits of Membership


 
Click on the benefit below for more information:
If you have questions about any of the member benefits, contact the OAC office via telephone at 1-800-847-3155 or via email



  • FREE* Professional Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance
    Together with Western Financial Group, the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) provides members with a FREE* $1,000,000.00** personal Professional Liability insurance policy.
    The policy protects members from lawsuits for damages claimed by a third party, resulting from a professional error or omission or negligent act, committed during the course of their activities as an “Optician”. Many provinces require that you carry your own personal Professional Liability Insurance. For more information, CLICK HERE.
    * Student members and Alberta members must pay $30.00 to obtain $1,000,000.00 in professional liability insurance for 2015.
    ** Want more coverage? Contact the OAC to upgrade to a $3,000,000.00 or $5,000,000.00 policy.

     
  • FREE CE Tokens towards Online Continuing Education
    With a one-year membership, members receive 4 FREE CE tokens* towards online courses through the OAC Online Continuing Education Site.The OAC's Online CE Site provides instant access to professional learning required for maintaining professional competencies. OAC online courses can be completed at YOUR convenience and in the comfort of your own home. Choose a CE module, read the article,complete the test & print out your CE certificate. It's as easy as that!
    *CE Tokens remain in your token bank with the OAC as long as you are a member with the OAC. Only OAC members can use CE tokens.
     
  • Reduced Registration Fees for OAC hosted Events
    As a member of the OAC, you receive significant savings on registration fees for most OAC hosted Events and many provincial Optician Education events. This often translates to a savings of 50% off the regular registration fee and sometimes MORE! Click here to visit our Upcoming Events calendar.
     
  • Discounts on Continuing Education (CE) Modules
    OAC Members receive a substantial discount on online CE modules. CE modules are available on our Online Continuing Education site*. Want to know how significant the savings are? Members pay $15 per 1 credit module; Non-members pay $60 per 1 credit module, and members have the opportunity for additional discounts by buying in bundles.
    For more information, CLICK HERE.  
    *For those individuals without access to a computer, special requests can be made to have CE modules mailed at an additional cost.
     
  • Discounted Rates & Aeroplan Miles with Park'N Fly *NEW*
    The OAC is excited to announce our new partnership with Park’N Fly that will provide discounted rates and the ability to earn Aeroplan miles to our members. OAC Members will be able to take advantage of Park’N Fly’s “Best Value” in Airport Parking for business or personal travel. Contact the OAC office for the member discount code.
     
  • Special Corporate Rate with Delta Hotels & Resorts
    The OAC has worked out a Corporate Rate for ALL OAC members with Delta. This corporate rate provides 10% off the Best Available Rate on Rooms at all Delta Hotels & Resorts in Canada. This offer is available until January 31, 2016. CLICK HERE for more information and to book a room using the OAC Corporate Rate.
     
  • Special Privileges at International Vision Expo
    The OAC and International Vision Expo partner to provide OAC members with special priviliges at Vision Expo events.

    Priviliges available to OAC members for International Vision Expo in 2017 include:
    -  Free Exhibit Hall Registration ($150 value)
    -  10% off Continuing Education (1-5 hours only)
    -  Three-day Lunch Voucher
  • Special Subscription Rate to Contact Lens Spectrum Magazine
    North America's leading optical journal, Contact Lens Spectrum, is offered to OAC members at a discounted price of $50.00 (reg. $72.00) per year. The magazine provides constant updates for contact lens fitters on new products and topical articles, and is published monthly. To order Spectrum Magazine, contact the OAC.

  • Access to the Canadian Safety Eyewear Program
    Open an untapped facet of your business by securing safety contracts with industries in your area. The OAC's Canadian Safety Eyewear (CSE) program will allow you to provide industries with best prices on safety frames and lenses with all of the administrative work done for you by the OAC. CLICK HERE for more information.

     
  • Discounted Membership to the Retail Merchants Association of Canada Inc
    The OAC has negotiated a discounted rate for our members to the RMA.  Membership with RMA entitles you to participate and benefit from all the value added programs and services at no additional cost. Such benefits include, discounts on fuel, payroll services and CAA. To view the list of RMA suppliers offering exceptional savings, rebates and discounts CLICK HERE.

    To become a member of RMA, fill out the RMA membership form below or contact the OAC for an RMA membership form at canada@opticians.ca or call 1-800-847-3155.


    CLICK HERE to become a member of RMA


     
  • Group Health Insurance
    Western Financial, in partnership with the OAC, offers our members the Opticians Employee Benefits Insurance Program. This program provides comprehensive life, disability, health and dental plan options for you and your employees. Programs are flexible to your needs and provide immediate savings off existing premiums for equivalent coverage.

    *Please note, in order to qualify for the program, you must already have an existing employee benefits plan in place with 5+ more employees participating.

    For further information - CLICK HERE

    Contact Nolan Friesen at Western Financial Group by email or call 1-800-665-8990 x 7215
  • Group Automobile & Property Insurance
    We are excited to introduce a new OAC member benefit; Group Automobile & Property insurance.  This program gives members access to group rates for their personal insurance with the potential for significant premium savings. For more information, visit the OPTICIANS/Insurance Programs link above.

  • Significant Savings on Visa/MasterCard Processing Fees with Pivotal Payments
    Pivotal Payments is a long established full service Merchant Services Provider to point-of-sale merchants, Internet business owners, and mail order/telephone order businesses. We provide credit & debit card processing, gift/loyalty/stored value card programs and terminal management solutions in both Canada and the USA. CLICK HERE for full details.


    SIGN UP TODAY! For more information, contact Doug Middlebrook (Authorized Agent of Pivotal Payments Agent) at 416-407-4557 or dmiddlebrook@pivotalpayments.com
     
  • Communications from the Opticians Association of Canada
    Stay 'in the know' with communications from the Opticians Association of Canada, including the OAC's monthly newsletter called The OAC INTRACOM and additional news updates sent via email.
Not receiving your OAC member communications?
Log into the OAC Member Portal to check your profile and ensure we have your correct email address on file, or contact the OAC at 1-800-847-3155 or email canada@opticians.ca 
 

 

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