Membership: Why join!

Why join!

Professional Development/Career Options
The OSMT organizes a variety of continuing education programs in the form of interactive workshops, sessions, and lectures.  Programs are designed for on-site visits, regional presentations, and for OSMT conferences.  In response to member demand, the OSMT's professional development initiatives to include numerous disciplines are delivered, for easy access, in locations throughout Ontario.
OSMT members receive discounted rates on all education programs.

All members receive an annual subscription to Advocate, the Society’s magazine that runs feature articles, case studies, educational reports, and provides information about advocacy issues to laboratory personnel.
Articles from members are always welcome.

Professional Liability Insurance
Once exceptionally valuable benefit provided to OSMT members* is the protection of professional liability and legal defense insurance.  Premiums are included in your OSMT membership fee, at no additional cost.  Members receive a personalized PLI Certificate each year, free telephone legal advice for PLI questions, and coverage for 'Prior Acts' provided you are an OSMT member when the allegation is initiated.  Coverage can also be applied to legal representation during CMLTO complaints, investigations and disciplinary incidents.
*only Affiliate members are not covered by PLI insurance

Protection Highlights: (click here to print the protection highlights)

  • $2,000,000 Professional Liability Insurance for each claim (inclusive of defense costs with a $5 million annual aggregate per individual) for negligence, errors or omissions made while providing professional services, including medical malpractice liability, libel and slander, breach of confidentiality (unintentional), copyright/intellectual property infringement, and maternity/retirement/cessation of practice (12 months at no cost).  Claims expenses are in addition to limit by liability (defense costs).
  • $125,000 Penal Defense Reimbursement for expenses incurred in criminal litigation, provided you are found not guilty of any criminal charges relating to a malpractice claim
  • $100,000 Disciplinary Legal Expenses reimbursement for all reasonable legal expenses incurred if you are summoned to appear before any hearing or investigation by a provincial regulatory authority
  • $100,000 Coroner's Inquest or tribunal
  • $500 per day (to a maximum of $50,000) for lost wages due to attending pre-trial, trial, or appeal
  • $50,000 Sexual Abuse Therapy & Counseling Fund (for abused patients)
  • $25,000 Security Privacy Breach expenses (monitor & correct the breach)

For more details or claims, please contact our broker, LMS Prolink at 1-800-663-6828, or e-mail the OSMT Account Manager at  Copies of the PLI policy are available to OSMT members upon request at 416-485-6768.

The OSMT serves the interests of MLTs and MLA/Ts as a unified voice and advocate of professional issues in Ontario.  The OSMT Board monitors and reviews any proposed legislative changes that will affect the laboratory profession and responds in the best interests of its membership.  This includes communications with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other government Ministries, with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO), and with educators and employers.

Certification of Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians
The OSMT is the official certifying body for Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians (MLA/Ts) in the province of Ontario.  The Society’s certification program validates that an individual has attained a recognized level of standards and training through OSMT approved educational institutions.  With the use of an examination process, the Society has granted MLA/T certification to over 13000 individuals.  Certification by the OSMT is regarded as a mandatory requirement of employment by many Ontario laboratories.

Conference & Trade Show
The OSMT organizes conferences to provide venues for professional development, exposure to new technologies, opportunities to network with colleagues and for our Annual General Meeting.  OSMT conferences are held each fall in difference cities throughout the province.

OSMT Bursary Programs
An OSMT Bursary of $1,000 will be awarded to a full-time student pursing post-secondary education in an Ontario medical laboratory technology/science program.  Two OSMT Bursaries of $500 each are awarded to students pursuing post-secondary education in a medical laboratory assistant/technician program.  Award criteria and applications are available by clicking on the appropriate links.

MLT Bursary Program Criteria                                               MLA/T Bursary Program Criteria

MLT Bursary Program Application Form                              MLA/T Bursary Program Application Form

Affinity Programs – See the Members Only section for more programs and details

Home & Auto Insurance
The OSMT is proud to offer our members access to the Preferred Service Home-Auto Plan (PS Plan) from Johnson Inc.  With origins dating back to 1880, Johnson Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected providers of insurance and benefits in Canada.  Today, the company is part of the global RSA group, with employees across the country dedicated to serving you better.  Members who qualify for the PS Plan get preferred rates, and access to a wide range of products and services.  You receive personalized and convenient service.  Highlights of the PS Plan include: 24-hour service, on-line access to your insurance coverage details, and interest-free monthly payments.  You may also get extras on home and auto insurance.  To receive a free, no-obligation quote, or to find out more about Johnson Inc., please contact them directly at or call toll-free 1-800-563-0677.

Health and Dental benefits to protect you and your family
Check the Johnson Personal Health Plan for Health and Dental benefits to protect your and your family, including options for those who have pre-existing health conditions.  For more information, please check the web link at or call Johnson Inc. toll-free 1-800-461-4155. 
Remember to identify yourself as an OSMT member in all communications with Johnson!

Johnson Scholarship Fund – Administered by The Johnson Trust
The Johnson Family established the Johnson Insurance Business in Newfoundland more than 100 years ago and it has now grown to be one of the leading Insurance and Benefit Organizations in Canada.  The Johnson Scholarship Program was established and funded in 1998, by Paul J. Johnson and Members of the Corporate Leadership Team.

Scholarships are to assist students beginning post-secondary studies following the completion of high school.  All Canadian residents completing high school and who are beginning post-secondary education are eligible to apply for a Johnson Scholarship.  Annually Johnson will award 50 scholarships, each valued at $1,000 to students attending a post-secondary educational institution in Canada on completion of the graduating year of high school.  Completed application forms must be submitted by August 31st and must be accompanied by a transcript of final year credits.
Application forms can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-877-328-7878.  Please visit to obtain the most up-to-date Scholarship information and to file out an online application.

Johnson Inc. AIR MILES® Reward Program Partnership
Effective June 1, 2007, Johnson home and auto insurance includes the added value of AIR MILES reward miles.  OSMT members who are Johnson policyholders and who are AIR MILES collectors can earn 1 reward mile for every $20 in premium paid (including taxes) on regular market home and auto insurance policies underwritten by Unifund Assurance Company.  For more information, visit or call 1-866-483-8811.

Discounts on Car Rental
OSMT members receive a 10% discount on Hertz Standard Rates of a minimum 5% discount off Hertz Leisure Rates at participating Canadian and U.S. locations plus special international discounts.  Hertz also offers navigational aids such as Computerized Driving Directions and Hertz Neverlost for ease in reaching destinations.
All OSMT members are supplied with a Hertz discount number.  Click on the Hertz logo to go directly to their website.

Discounts on Hotel Reservations
AFM Business Advantage program provides OSMT members with special corporate rates at all Ramada, Howard Johnson, Travellers, Hawthorn, Park Plaza, and Astor hotels across Canada.  Corporate ID numbers are available from the OSMT Members Only webpage.

AIL (American Income Life)
OSMT members and their families can receive an unlimited-use discount card from AIL on prescription eyewear at participating opticals.  Members are also automatically covered by a $4,000 AIL Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance policy. 

Perkopolis Ticket and Attraction Discounts
OSMT members can receive discounts to hotels, entertainment and sports events, and attractions.  Simply register to start receiving your discount offers.  Members can find their OSMT Perkopolis registration instructions and passcode in the OSMT Members Only section.