Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in this program?
      • Any new chiropractor who graduated in 2018 or 2019 who receives their Ontario license during 2019 is eligible to participate and donate 20 hours of your time between September 2019 and June 2020 to OCA initiatives.
Can I switch volunteer opportunities if I don’t like the one that I’ve been assigned or can’t make it to the one I’ve been assigned?
      • Volunteer members will be allowed to switch opportunities dependent on availability and at the OCA’s discretion.
Can I switch from the volunteer membership to the paid membership, or vice versa, if I change my mind later?
      • New graduate members will be allowed to switch between a paid or volunteer membership once during the 2019-2020 year. Any volunteer hours completed at the time of the change will be honoured that the amount charged for a paid membership will be adjusted accordingly.
May I sign up for volunteer membership if I don’t register at the beginning of the membership year?
      • The volunteer opportunity will be available for all new graduates who receive their Ontario chiropractic license during 2019. You will be contacted within a month of your application to select your top picks from a range of available volunteer opportunities.
If I have to travel for my volunteer opportunity, will I get reimbursed?
      • Unfortunately, the OCA is not able to provide any financial reimbursement for travel needs.
If I have to travel for my volunteer opportunity, will my travel hours count towards my volunteer hours?
      • Only those activities directly related to the volunteer opportunities will be applied towards your total hours with the OCA including training, events, on-site visits, and follow-up. Travel time will not be applied towards your total hours with the OCA.
Can my friends and I volunteer as a group and get the same assignment?
      • The OCA will assign volunteer opportunities according to a combination of member preference, accessibility and geographic requirements, and OCA need. The OCA does not guarantee any members will be assigned to the same group as their friends.
If I volunteer elsewhere, can I count that volunteering towards my volunteer hours with the OCA?
      • Volunteer hours that occur with the OCA that are not included in the Volunteer Program may be accepted as volunteer membership hours on a case-by-case basis. Any volunteer hours with other organizations that are not through the OCA Volunteer Program will not be accepted as volunteer membership hours.
What will happen if I don’t complete my volunteer hours during the membership year?
      • If a volunteer member does not complete the assigned hours from their Volunteer Opportunity, they will be transitioned to a paid membership. Any volunteer hours completed at the time of the change will be honoured that the amount charged for a paid membership will be adjusted accordingly.
How are my volunteer hours tracked?
      • Upon completion of any of your assigned volunteer tasks you will communicate with your volunteer opportunity lead to report the completion. They will award you the appropriate hours, update the OCA membership database, and confirm with you the receipt of your communication.
      • Once your 20 hours have been completed, you will receive a confirmation email from the Volunteer Program Coordinator of your achievement.
What can I expect when I apply to be a volunteer member of the OCA?
      • If you choose the volunteer membership, you will be contacted within a month of your application to select your top picks from a range of available volunteer opportunities.
      • Volunteer members will be required to sign a standard volunteer agreement including a code of conduct to be followed during volunteering opportunities.
      • Volunteer assignments will be finalized one month following your application and the OCA will then contact you with next steps. Training, scheduling, and follow-up will be coordinated at an appropriate time for your chosen opportunity.