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April 24, 2019

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  • Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online, Online Learning  More

  • 64th Annual Professional Development Program, April 28, Guelph, ON  More

  • CIT Recertification Challenge Exam - Online, May 1  More

  • NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) , May 23, Prescott, ON  More

  • CIT Recertification Challenge Exam - Online, June 1  More

  • Grounds Operations and Maintenance, June 10, Cobden, ON  More

  • NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) , June 13, Strathroy, ON  More


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Monday, April 29 , 2019, Gryphon Fieldhouse, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

This is your FREE PASS to attend the 2019 ORFA EXPO. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with a variety of companies who specialize in products and services targeted to the recreation facilities industry.

There is no cost to attend unless you plan on lunch. However, you must *pre-register online to attend the EXPO.   Register

*Pre-registration is not required if you are a registered 64th Annual Professional Development Program delegate. 

Day of Mourning

Held annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.  More   I  Video

Slips, Trips and Falls

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Annual Refrigeration Header Support Inspections

The ORFA reminds owners and operators of the increased need for annual visual inspections of supply and return headers in older arenas as part of a registered refrigeration plant maintenance plan. The supply and return headers are secured in the trench by metal supports when installed and over time, ORFA has received reports that the supports corrode, creating a leak at the floor piping and header connection point. Consider that the repair may require a complete removal of the headers to conduct the work with work estimated at 40-50K. Maintaining Ontario’s aging refrigeration systems requires awareness and diligence by all stakeholders.

A/UTV’s at Work Require Operator Training 

Recreation operations are embracing the benefits of using ATVs (all terrain vehicles), UTV (utility task vehicle), ROV (recreational off-highway vehicle), or a MOHUV (multipurpose off-highway utility vehicle) for grounds work. Handing over a key to one of these vehicles requires that the worker be properly trained. The Canada Safety Council sets the training standard with a curriculum based on field-tested techniques where an operator learns about controls, reading terrain, turning and climbing hills.  More

TSSA Fuel Certificates Regulation

The ORFA has been tracking members interaction with governing inspectors on the subject of training workers on the handling, connection, disconnection, storage, and transportation of propane in the workplace. This TSSA update may not directly impact ORFA members, however, the ORFA notes the following statement held within the update, “The exemption would require that the authorization holder for the facility provides appropriate annual training and keeps a record of the training”. Until specific direction is available, this statement would appear to be a reasonable industry minimum requirement for the recreation sector. With adoption not only for propane, but all fossil fuels used in the workplace.

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) are proposing to amend Ontario’s Fuel Industry Certificates regulation (O. Reg. 215/01), under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. Specifically, MGCS and TSSA are proposing to amend the regulation to establish an exemption for individuals who refuel propane-powered vehicles at cardlock/keylock facilities and private outlets from the requirement to hold a propane plant operator (PPO) certificate or record of training under the Fuel Industry Certificates regulation. The exemption would require that the authorization holder for the facility provides appropriate annual training and keeps a record of the training. The Ministry seeks stakeholder input on the proposal. The proposal and draft amendment are currently posted on the Regulatory Registry for public feedback.  More

Reminder To Register for ORFA’s Annual Professional Development Program

With a fewdays to go, members that are considering attending any of the 22 different training courses at the University of Guelph, should register now without delay to avoid disappointment. With over 500 delegates already registered for the annual training program and EXPO – we are looking forward to a very successful 2019 event!  More


  1. Parks & Cemetery Supervisor    More
    City of Owen Sound, ON

  2. Part-Time Ice Plant Operator/Pool Attendant    More
    City of Oshawa, ON

  3. Facility Operator    More
    Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, ON

  4. Parks and Trails Foreperson    More
    Town of Bracebridge, ON

  5. Leisure and Cultural Services Director    More
    Town of Chapleau, ON