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Ontario Professional Foresters Association

Phone
905-877-3679

The Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) is the governing body for foresters in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the association to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a forester in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2015

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2015

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received24202028
Applicants who became members8202012

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received34814047
Applicants who became members10401015

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Foresters)

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received15500020
Applicants who became members030003

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Foresters)

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received12501018
Applicants who became members10300013

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received12421019
Applicants who became members7201010

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010
Audit Report

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received22203128
Applicants who became members11100012

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received12602020
Applicants who became members14100015

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

The OPFA has been working with all the professional forestry regulatory bodies in Canada (with the exception of Quebec's) to change these bodies' criteria for membership – to focus on core knowledge, to allow for more flexibility and to look at competency rather than only education credentials. The new competency-based criteria have been approved by all the provincial professional forestry councils involved, and will be applied in parallel with the old education standards until 2015. The previous local experience (or equivalent) requirement remains in place.

The OPFA continues to work on its compliance with the federal-provincial-territorial Agreement on Internal Trade with respect to the transfer of registered professional foresters among provinces. It appears that the OPFA's forest policy and administration exam process is acceptable, but other provinces have been advised that their comparable exams are unacceptable. According to the OPFA, resolution of this issue will require cross-government concurrence.

The OPFA plans to review its by-laws in 2009 to formalize new mechanisms for appeal of its registration decisions.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received261114143
Applicants who became members19700127

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the OPFA to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the Ontario Professional Foresters Association are listed below.

  1. Ensuring and communicating fairness in the assessment of competency portfolios

    This practice helps applicants trust the competency...

  2. Helping applicants provide complete and comprehensive evidence of competency

    This practice addresses the challenge of incomplete...

  3. Removing requirement that work experience be obtained in Ontario

    This practice helps ensure that the work experience...


Quick Facts

Number of Foresters648
Number of Internationally Trained Foresters14

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2015

Ontario502
Other Canadian Provinces131
USA3
Other International11
Unknown1
Total648
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)2%

The Ontario Professional Foresters Association falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the OPFA for further information about your ability to practise as a forester in Ontario.

Action

The Ontario Professional Foresters Association is eliminating a requirement for 18 months of work experience in Ontario, by developing criteria for assessing other relevant experience and for determining whether it can be applied toward Ontario competency requirements.

July 2013