Membership Benefits

The Benefits of Belonging

The Ottawa Insurance Brokers Association, together with its provincial and federal partners, assists its members in running efficient, profitable brokerages. As a member of OIBA, you have access to extensive information resources and a wide range of business and management support services:

Marketing support
The Broker Identity Program (BIP)
Client newsletter
Education/professional development
Networking opportunities
Leadership opportunities
Community activities


Publications IBAO News for up-to-date industry developments (view sample [pdf 298Kb])

Special bulletinswhen major events or policy shifts demand a quick response from industry members

IBAO Guidelines for property and casualty insurance and management, free upon request

Access to publications produced by other provincial brokers’ associations, the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, and associations based in the United States.

Marketing support Effective marketing can translate into a successful business. IBAO provides a broad range of support services to help their members achieve professional success:

The Broker Identity Program (BIP) This program has introduced consumers across the country to our registered trademark symbol. The “BIPPER” has come to stand for professional, unbiased service. Only IBAC members may use the symbol on business cards, client gifts and other promotional materials.

Client newsletter Members may order Staying in Touch, a semi-annual, professionally produced newsletter that updates clients on insurance-related issues. An electronic version postable to your website is also available. (view sample [pdf 170Kb])

Education/professional development Course attendance is essential to maintaining RIBO licensing and continuing educational requirements. OIBA membership and its association with the provinicial body, IBAO, assures access to high-quality education and the following advantages:

Access to all required courses from one central provider Including all courses required for licensing and continued education credit.

Reduced educational expenses Members pay lower fees for licensing courses.

Broker-specific education Coursess are designed specifically to meet the needs of independent brokers.

Professional credentials OIBA members are automatically members of IBAO and IBAC, entitling them to use CAIB and CCIB designations. Members will also be able to use the CPIB designation when it has been fully developed.

Current information Special seminars are provided when new issues arise in the industry.

Networking opportunities No business thrives in isolation. Information sharing, common strategy building, even the occasional client referral are the valuable results of networking. As an OIBA member, your opportunities include:

Monthly local meetings in many regions—enjoy the insights of interesting speakers over lunch

Annual regional meetings—meet independent brokers from across the region to discuss issues of common concern

IBAO Annual Convention—bringing together thousands of brokers from across the province

IBAO Young Brokers Council—a regular meeting of brokers under 40 to explore new directions for the industry.

Leadership opportunities OIBA membership gives you the opportunity to enhance your professional status while strengthening the industry by becoming a director or officer of the association, or by serving on one or more of its committees.

Community activities OIBA members are active in the many communities of Eastern Ontario: find out where you can contribute—and how. Contact any of our Board members!!! for more information.