To become a Professional Member of OKA you must first be licensed by the regulatory body, the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.
- Government licensing is now mandatory for all kinesiologists practicing in the Province of Ontario.
- OKA Membership and Application fees are non-refundable once your application/renewal has been completed
- OKA Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) fees are non-refundable
- OKA Professional Liability Insurance is not valid without a current OKA Professional Membership
There are five categories of individual membership in the Ontario Kinesiology Association:
New - Academic Member:
Open to individuals who are faculty members (including lecturers and academic co-curricular staff) from an Ontario academic institution with a recognized kinesiology undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate (including human kinetics, exercise science, etc.) program.
Open to those individuals who hold a valid regulatory college license to practice as a kinesiologist in Ontario. Professional Members are entitled to access the OKA Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) which provides coverage that meets or exceeds the requirements of the regulatory college.
Professional Member (Out of Province):
Open to individuals who live and work solely outside of the province of Ontario and are therefore not subject to Ontario licensing requirements. Professional Members (Out of Province) are not subject to Ontario licensing requirements as as such are entitled to access the PLI as part of their membership. OKA PLI is valid Canada-wide and covers the full scope of practice of a Kinesiologist.
Open to those individuals currently enrolled in a full-time kinesiology program at a recognized university.
Student Member Professional Liability Insurance:
If you are a 3rd or 4th year student you can now purchase professional liability insurance as part of your membership. Student Members can now purchase either $1m, $2m, $3m, or $5m of insurance to provide coverage while working under the direct supervision of an R.Kin, PT, OT, RMT or Chiropractor, working within your skill set, and working within the scope of practice of a kinesiologist. This will be advantageous if you are part of a co-op program or seeking part time employment in the field while still a student.
Open to practicing Kinesiologists who hold a valid regulatory college license and wish to be a member of the association, but do not wish to purchase the OKA Professional Liability Insurance. Affiliate membership is also open to individuals who have a general interest in the field of kinesiology or the Ontario Kinesiology Association, or individuals who are not yet licensed to practice by the College. Affiliate Members do not have access to the PLI coverage.
Canadian Kinesiology Alliance:
The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) represents seven provincial kinesiology associations (PKAs) that are member associations and over 3,500 affiliated Kinesiologists by developing progressive partnerships with other national organizations, providing support to effect positive change within government and public policy, and by promoting the science of Kinesiology. The CKA advances our member associations, PKAs, by facilitating national and interprovincial communication and partnerships and by supporting and encouraging ongoing development of PKAs. Individual members of provincial associations are automatically members of the CKA. CKA fees are taken as part of the liability insurance purchase process.
To apply for membership in any of the above categories please complete the on-line application.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the OKA office.
Reinstatement of Membership
Under certain circumstances past members who have let their membership lapse, can reinstate their membership by completing a Reinstatement Form and submitting the applicable reinstatement dues. Reinstatement is only available within a two year window from when you were last a Professional member. Applicants who are outside of this two year timeframe must re-apply and go through the application process again. To determine if you qualify for reinstatement please contact the Association office.