The Ottawa Police Veterans Association (OPVA) values are honour, pride, and service. The OPVA exists to support, assist, and unite former and retired police and civilian members who served with the City of Ottawa’s police services since 1855. Membership is granted based on the aforementioned, and for the purposes of maintaining strong social bonds in order to improve the lives of all, as well as to continue serving the city through honourable charitable work and initiatives.
The OPVA was formed and provincially incorporated on 17 June 2015 as a non-profit corporation with the following objectives generally:
- To unite fraternally and to promote the mutual interest of the members of the Association, each of whom shall be either a retired police officer or a retired civilian member of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), and includes former Nepean, Gloucester, or Vanier Police Service, and amalgamated OPP officers. Associate membership is granted to serving and former OPS civilian volunteers, retired OPS Auxiliary members, and surviving spouses of members
- To provide moral support to its members.
- To enter into arrangements with any authorities, municipal, local or otherwise, that may seem conducive to the aims and objectives of the Association.
- To subscribe to any program authorized by the Association in order to promote the interests of the members.
- To raise funds consistent with the directives of the members.
- To encourage and promote co-operative enterprise and security within the members and to do all such things as are incidental or conducive to attainment of the objectives previously set out above.
The OPVA is managed by a Board of Directors of 9 members including a Chairperson who are elected by the OPVA membership annually and biennially dependent on election rules within the OPVA By-Laws.