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The Ontario Parks Association Foundation is a registered Charitable Organization (Registered Number: 891191777 RR001) incorporated in 1987 to further education through related technology in the field of public parks within the Province of Ontario.

Goal: To raise funds to assist deserving students enrolled in post-secondary education studying in the parks, horticulture, environmental or other related fields.


  • Assist students in funding education requirements
  • Create social networking venues for persons involved in or with an interest in parks, horticulture and the environment that support fundraising activities of the Foundation
  • Develop and implement an investment and management strategy that will ultimately allow the OPAF Bursary and Scholarship Fund to become self-sustaining (i.e. investment gain will support payouts in perpetuity). Additional bursaries and scholarships may be added once the fund is self-sustaining
  • Increase the profile of the OPAF with the members of the OPA, post-secondary schools and students
  • Establish annual award targets for five year periods with annual review
  • Support goals and objectives of the Ontario Parks Association (OPA)

Scholarship & Bursary Awards

The OPAF has established a fund to provide financial support to our future professionals through bursaries and scholarships for educational purposes.

Each year a total of up to four bursaries of $2,000 each and three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each are awarded to qualified post-secondary students who meet the requirements of application. Applicants are post-secondary students studying in parks, related horticulture or landscaping, conservation, or an environmental resource management field, whose goals are aligned with those of the Foundation and the Ontario Parks Association, where the:

“Ontario Parks Association (OPA) is committed to civic beautification, the advancement, protection and conservation of parks, open space and the environment as we practice 'Protecting Tomorrow Today' in the province of Ontario.”

Available Awards - Click here for a list of the available Ontario Parks Association Foundation Scholarship and Bursary Awards.

Qualifying for Awards - Click here to see if you qualify for an Ontario Parks Association Foundation Scholarship or Bursary.

Apply for an Award - Click here to apply online for an award

Last Year's Recipients - Click here to view the list of last year's Scholarship and Bursary recipients.

Looking for a College or University with parks, horticulture, environmental or other related programs? Click here for a list of Colleges & Universities in Ontario!

Want to help OPA Foundation support students in parks, horticulture, environmental or other related programs? Click here to donate!

The Ontario Parks Association Foundation Honour Roll

May be awarded to an individual, organization or corporate entity who has made an exemplary contribution to The Ontario Parks Association Foundation and its objectives.

Those eligible are any individual, organization or corporate entity meeting the award criteria. Nominations may be made to the Ontario Parks Association Awards Chair in writing by any member of the Foundation* and must be seconded by an additional member. Selection of those to be included in the Honour Roll shall be determined by a majority vote of the Foundation Board. Awarding of Honour Roll status will be made annually at the Ontario Parks Association Awards Banquet. Additions to the Honour Roll need not be made in any given year.


Annual Awards Nomination Form

*All current OPA members are automatically members of the Foundation (OPAF By-Law 2003-1).

Meet the OPAF Board: Click the image above to meet the hard working people who make up the OPAF Board of Directors.

Contact Information

c/o Ontario Parks Association

60 Water Street North,

Cambridge ON 

Telephone: (905) 864-6182
Toll Free: 1 (866) 560-7783
Email: opaf@ontarioparksassociation.ca

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