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Ontario Professional Foresters Association

Ontario Professional Foresters Association

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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, 2016

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.


 2019

2019

Foresters_Fair Registration Practices Report 2019.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received22202026
Applicants who became members23102026

 2018

2018

Foresters_Fair_Registration_Practices_Report_2018.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received37608051
Applicants who became members17514027

 2017

2017

Foresters_Fair-Registration-Practices-Report-2017.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received40818057
Applicants who became members26400030

 2016

2016

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the OPFA in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received36604046
Applicants who became members21903033

 2015

2015

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

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

2014

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​​

Registration Practices Assessment 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts

Number of Foresters705
Number of Internationally Trained Foresters25

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


Location of Training, 2019

Ontario560
Other Canadian Provinces117
USA7
Other International18
Unknown3
Total705
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)4%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Foresters, 2019

Largest NumberGhana
Second Largest NumberFrance
Third Largest Number
Fourth Largest Number
Fifth Largest Number
Number of Applicants2

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.

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