Welcome OSLA Members to SAC

After broad consultation with members and SAC, the OSLA Board of Directors have elected to formally dissolve OSLA and merge the association into SAC. 

Effective April 1, 2022, OSLA will cease to exist.

This union will enable more effective use of OSLA's resources and staff to focus on provincial advocacy and outreach. Joining SAC will help strengthen the voice and support of speech-language pathology and audiology professionals.

OSLA Members, SAC is ready to welcome you!



 


IMPORTANT NEWS FOR OSLA MEMBERS

As of April 1, 2022, OSLA is merging with SAC.

If you haven't done so yet, please
Join SAC today to become an SAC member.


REMINDER: If you were a current OSLA member and currently hold SAC membership, you can continue to access the community until May 28, 2022. Please log in with your OSLA membership credentials to access advocacy materials, your interest group content and discussion forums.

The SAC team is working hard to offer you the same functionality in a new (in-development) SAC website. If you have any questions, please contact membership@sac-oac.ca.
 

BOOKS: Good News! SAC members receive over 37% off the price of this resource.

To place your order, please contact Richard Smith at Richard@sac-oac.ca or via phone at 647-285-2261.
 

Connect with Your OSLA Community – LOG IN HERE

    

OSLA Members when you Join SAC: 

Find out about Your New Benefits and What will Change for You 


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - TABLE OF CONTENTS


  1. Overview of Benefits
    “I am a current OSLA member but I am not a member of SAC.”
  2. Professional Development
  3. Dues Payments for OSLA members who are not currently members of SAC
  4. “I was a joint member of SAC and OSLA – what happens to my membership?”
  5. “How does certification affect me? Do I need to write an exam?”
     

1. OVERVIEW OF BENEFITS

“I am a current OSLA member but I am not a member of SAC.”

SAC is excited to welcome you! Here is an overview of some of the services you have enjoyed with OSLA, and what will change as a result of its merger with SAC. Once you join and become a current SAC member you can start to take advantage of all the programs listed below. 

Professional Liability Insurance: 

SAC members have exclusive access to its service provider, BMS Canada Risk Services. SAC members receive a very competitive professional liability insurance package. As an OSLA member, when you switch over to BMS Canada Risk Services you will receive additional benefits including higher limits (5M/6M) vs (5M/5M) and pay competitive premiums. When you join SAC as an existing OSLA member, you will receive higher per claim sub-limits of coverage for the following:

  • Disciplinary Defence Costs / Regulatory Legal Expense Costs 
  • Penal Costs Extension / Criminal Defence Cost Reimbursement
  • Sexual Abuse Therapy Fund   
  • 7 years of extended reporting for no additional cost (Note:  OSLA members currently pay 75% to 150% of premium to receive 1 to 5 years of extended reporting.)

Don’t miss out! Please contact BMS to learn more and join sac.insurance@bmsgroup.com. You can also review the program details here 
 

Oral Language at your Fingertips Book: 

OSLA will continue to be available to you via the OSLA website until May 28, 2022. The SAC team is hard at work to add this resource to the new, in-development, SAC site.


Fee guide:  

OSLA will continue to be available to you via the OSLA website until May 28, 2022. The SAC team is hard at work to add this resource to the new, in-development, SAC site.


Home and auto insurance:

Take advantage of SAC’s exclusive program with The Personal. As an existing OSLA member, you can easily switch to receive competitive rates of The Personal (you may also continue to access the Johnson program if you are already signed up, but we will no longer offer this program as an option for members who are not currently using it.) 


Perkopolis:

This program will be available on the SAC website. 


Goodlife Fitness:

This program will be available on the SAC website.  
 


2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

As an OSLA member, When you join SAC to have access to Professional Development (PD) opportunities, including:


Advanced Literacy Practices (ALP) Course 

SAC will continue to offer this course. Please check the SAC website for the next course dates scheduled next in January 2023. Course information will be posted in Spring 2022.


Cognitive Communications Disorders (CCD) Courses 

SAC will continue to offer these courses. The next course will be this Fall 2022.


SAC Annual In-person Conferences 

SAC alternates in-person conferences by profession, specifically, one conference year for S-LP and the next (alternate) conference year for audiology.

Note: The SAC 2022 Speech-Language Pathology Conference will be an all-virtual conference.  When you join SAC your SAC membership can now access the exclusive member registration rate.

The next Audiology conference will take place in person, in Spring 2023. 


SAC will also consider hosting future local professional development (PD) events in the greater Toronto area starting Fall 2022.

Online PD is complimentary to all SAC members including our extensive recorded webcast library which features over 155 recorded webcasts. SAC also offers live online PD via webinars monthly.


Ready to Join SAC? Become a Member today
 


3. Dues Payments for OSLA members who are not currently members of SAC

Note: SAC Membership season is January to December.

As an existing OSLA member, your OSLA dues are paid until March 31, 2022. 






Starting in 2023, your dues will be automatically subsidized for a period of 3 years.

What this means:

If you were a member of OSLA as of March 31, 2022, you are eligible to receive a SAC Membership dues subsidy during the Membership years it is being offered – for the years 2023, 2024, 2025.

The intent of this subsidy is to give back to you, an OSLA member, money that was invested by you into the OSLA organization. The subsidy will maintain the current dollar difference between the 2022 OSLA and SAC dues in your membership category. 


Welcome OSLA Members to SAC Membership Fee Subsidy


*Membership category offered for 1 year upon graduation
 
The subsidy amount that you receive is based on the membership type in which you join or renew in the Membership year.
 
Note: Student and Retired Members are not eligible for subsidy.

 


 4. “I was a joint member of SAC and OSLA – what happens to my membership?”

You now pay one fee. You also save the fees you previously paid to be a member of OSLA

One Membership - National and Provincial Representation: As an SAC member, you will now only pay dues to SAC and you will no longer pay dues to OSLA.

You will continue to enjoy and have access to the same services you have benefited from as a member of SAC as well as the programs offered through OSLA,–with some minor modifications, as outlined above.

Starting in 2023, you will also receive a dues subsidy for the next 3 years use as above The intent of the dues subsidy is to give back to OSLA members, money that was invested by you into the OSLA organization. During this time, your dues will be assessed and adjusted, automatically, annually.    


5. “How does certification affect me? Do I need to write an exam?”

SAC Certification is a voluntary program and not a requirement for SAC membership. However most SAC members choose to pursue SAC Certification. As a long-standing professional designation, SAC Certification is recognized and well-respected in Canada and internationally.

If you are presently a certified member of SAC or plan to join the program, you will be required to maintain your membership annually in order to maintain good standing in the SAC Certification Program.

Members looking to join the program are no longer required to write the Clinical Certification Exam as of March 2020.

If you are a member of OSLA, have never been a member of SAC, and wish to enter the program, your first step will be enrollment into Provisional Certification. The enrollment form will be available to you in the Member Account Centre immediately upon submitting your membership order for processing. Just click ‘Yes’ on the enrollment form to get started! Learn more by exploring below: 

 


Current S-LP members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and other international associations, may be eligible to apply for full SAC certification, bypassing the provisional certification period, through SAC’s Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).

For more information about MRA eligibility requirements and the application process, 
visit here

Current audiology members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association may be eligible to apply for SAC certification, bypassing the provisional certification period, through SAC’s Recognition Agreement (RA).

For more information about RA eligibility requirements and the application process, 
visit here.

Provisionally certified and certified members who would like to take a step further in the certification process have the opportunity to focus additional professional development in one or more areas of professional interest identified by SAC (e.g., speech, language and literacy development; adult swallowing; tinnitus; implantable hearing devices, etc.).

Click here to learn more about SAC Certification with Professional Interest.

Any questions about the information above can be directed to 
certification@sac-oac.ca.

 

Are you ready to join?