Greg Toffner, OAMRS President & CEO and John Fraser (Ontario MPP)

Advocacy - Growing our Profession

Protecting Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF)

HealthForceOntario provides financial support for health professionals through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. Practicing members of nine allied health professions are eligible to apply for as much as $1,500 per year for professional development courses and programs.  In 2019, there was concern that the Provincial Government would not continue the fund. OAMRS lead LEARN MORE

MRT Lobby Days

Occasionally OAMRS organizes Lobby Days at the provincial legislature, Queen’s Park Toronto.  Lobby Days are an important part of our government relations strategy.  They provide MRTs and Sonographers with the opportunity to discuss, with MPPs, the key issues that matter most.  At our most recent Lobby Day, our MRT/Sonography team of volunteers represented our profession in one of the most successful days we have ever had.  The overarching message of the importance of our profession as it relates to patient care seems to be resonating with key elected officials.

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Growing the reputation and respect of our profession

Our profession continues to work hard to gain the respect from the public, our peers and other Inter-Professional groups.  The OAMRS participates on the following Inter-Professional groups to ensure our profession continues to grow as an important part of the Ontario Health care System:

Coalition of Regulated Health Professional Associations (CORHPA)

Mohawk-McMaster Medical Radiation Sciences Program Advisory Committee

Sonography Canada Provincial Presidents

Sonography Implementation Group

Canada Safe Imaging

The Ontario Electronic Health Registry – Business and Technical Committee

National Network

OAMRS Awards for professional excellence.  Nominate a colleague, your team or yourself.  Learn more

Health care is Provincial

Canada’s health care system is funded and run by the provincial governments.  As health care continues to change and funding becomes even more restrained, there has never been a more important time for MRTs and Sonographers to have a strong presence at the provincial government (Queen’s Park).  It has become even more important as all other 27 Allied Health Care professions compete for limited funding and scope of practice.  OAMRS defends the scope of practice from other medical professionals to protect your future.

As the official Voice and Lobbyist to Protect Scope of Profession our mission is to protect MRTs and Sonographers in Ontario.  OAMRS continues to work with the government to ensure the long-term success of Medical Radiation Science Practitioners while providing a cost effective way to achieve maximum patient care.

A strong voice at Queen’s Park

Here are few highlights on how OAMRS is working hard to grow our profession in Ontario:

  • In 2018 successfully lobbied to achieve Regulation and protected title (DMS) for Sonographers
  • Continued a successful lobby for the passing of new legislation that will see the current Healing Arts and Radiatino Protection (HARP) Act reconstitued
  • Representationonthe MoHLTC X-ray Standards task group
  • Regular strategy meetings with our government relations team
  • Representation on the CMRTO Sonography Implementation Group
  • Met regularly with the CMRTO to update and strategize about the regulation of Sonographers
  • Total Government Relations meetings: 45

Allied Health Professionals Development Fund

Apply to receive your education for FREE! The Allied Health Professionals Development Fund is available to provide financial support for health professionals. You are eligible to apply for up to $1,500 per year for professional development courses and programs. More info

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