We are approximately 2,200 members, composed of 21 paramedic services, four BPS Central Ambulance Communications Centres (CACCs) and 10 OPS CACCs. The Ambulance Act and its associated regulations govern land ambulance paramedic services delivery, CACCs, paramedics and ambulance communication officers.
Sector 17 includes locals or units whose members are employed predominantly as health care professionals and paramedical employees in community-based health care. They are employed by the LHINs, public health, community addiction services, acquired brain injury services, community nursing, hospice, fertility clinics, community living, support services, respite and palliative care.
The division was founded in 2001 to provide a strong, cohesive voice within OPSEU to promote awareness and treatment of mental health and addiction issues. We represent just over 8,000 members in public hospitals, which were formerly known as provincial psychiatric hospitals, as well as community mental and addiction health agencies.