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COVID-19 Updates & Forum

Mar 27, 2020

Dear OPC Members, 

I hope you and your families are all staying healthy and safe!

As this situation progresses, we continue to do our best to produce meaningful resources and communications to our community. That being said, OPC has a number of updates for all members in hopes of providing information, tools, and a way to maintain a sense of community within the O&P industry.

OPC COVID-19 Resource Hub

While we do out best to stay up-to-date with this rapidly changing landscape, it can be easy for an email to get lost in your inbox. For this reason, OPC has created an easy-to-navigate resource hub for all COVID-19 related updates and news as it relates to our industry, our practice, and our community. 

This hub also provides a number of external resources which may prove useful in this time, as all of you are more than just members – you are business owners; students; parents; caregivers. We’ve centralized a number of helpful links and articles to ensure you’re able to make informed decisions and stay safe.

OPC is looking into various alternatives for continuing education mediums for all members. We are developing a working list of available webinars and virtual learning sessions related to profession; this will also be available on the hub. 

OPC COVID-19 Forum

In an effort to foster proactive conversation and a standing sense of community within the O&P industry, we have added a forum to the OPC website which can now be utilized by all members to discuss various topics that relate to practice, social distancing, and COVID-19 recommendations.

This is a great medium to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Please acquaint yourself with the terms and conditions of this discussion board here; OPC does not endorse any of the information shared through this medium.

2020 OPC Practical Examination

The OPC Board of Directors met earlier this week to discuss the current situation regarding the upcoming May Certification Practical Examination. After careful consideration, the Certification and Registration Board (CRB) will be postponing this examination until late Summer/early Fall. The location will still be Winnipeg and advanced notice will be provided once an exact date has been chosen. We hope this notice will allow you to cancel all travel and accommodation arrangements that were made.

Rest assured that we are working together on all fronts to ensure we have a process in place regarding your hour requirements and work situations. Our goal is to set you up for success in the O&P world. We will be in touch shortly with a detailed update on how you are able to accumulate your hours. Stay tuned.

We appreciate your understanding that we are guided by influences beyond our control and we will be subject to work within any guidelines and directives of government health agencies as they develop. Additionally, there will be no extra fees associated with applications for the exams if they are rescheduled but there may be some added administrative requirements as we move forward. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback. The OPC Board, Certification and Registration Board and staff are always here to help in any way we can.

If you have questions surrounding the Practical Exam, please contact Jennifer Traer, Programs and Credentialing Director,

Brokerlink Insurance Coverage

The OPC Group Program has full business interruption coverage – and it is the most broad form available on the market, which is commonly referred to as Actual Loss Sustained. Unfortunately this coverage will not respond to this pandemic crisis.

That being said, the OPC Group Program has some coverage for extra expense due to an outbreak, with a limit of $10,000.  Extra expense could encompass anything that you normally would not incur during day to day operations as a result of this pandemic. It does not, however, cover loss of business income.

Below* is the policy wording that deals with the coverage.

Supplier Discounts and Payment Terms

OPC has been in touch with various O&P suppliers surrounding amended payment terms for professionals. These terms can be found below: 



Should you have concerns surrounding your accounts/payments with various suppliers, we encourage you to reach out to your representative as many are currently operating on a case-by-case basis. We will continue to update you with new information.

If you have questions surrounding any of the above information or any other concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the OPC National Office. We will continue to do our best to support one another during this time.

Wishing you all the best and good health,

Sarah Beube
Membership Manager,
Orthotics Prosthetics Canada




*(c) “Extra expense" means:
The excess of the total cost of conducting your business during the period required to repair or replace lost or damaged property over the total cost of conducting such business that would have been incurred had no loss occurred. “Extra expense" includes the reasonable extra cost of temporary repair and of expediting the repair or replacement of your lost or damaged property including overtime and the extra cost of express and other rapid means of transportation, but excludes:
(i) all other direct or indirect loss or damage to property, and any expense for physical property unless incurred to reduce “extra expense" loss (and then not to exceed the amount by which such loss is reduced with due consideration for salvage value of such property), or

(ii) loss of “business income".