Types of Membership

There are licenses for all cycling enthusiasts that are tailored to all skills and abilities. Your licence is valid from the date of issue until December 31 of the licenced year. (ex. January 1 2021 – December 31, 2021).

UCI and Citizen Permit processing is generally a 1-2 week processing time. This includes a review of the application at the OCA office and once approved, the processing of the membership application. Once issued, you will receive a digital card in PDF format by email.  Please note any issues with the application will result in a delay. Common issues include:

  • Missing Headshot Photos (when required)
  • Headshot photos that do not meet the requirements posted
  • Incorrect Category Selections
  • Incomplete or incorrectly completed Member Forms
  • Clubs/Teams not being affiliated at time of application

UCI Licence applicants will have the option to also select a hard copy printed card option for an additional $10 fee. For those who select the print UCI Version, it usually is 2-3 weeks from time of application submission to receiving the membership via Canada Post.  You can purchase rush processing if you require your licence in a shorter time frame at an additional charge at the time of application.  For rush processing to an international address please contact the OCA office.

OCA AFFILIATE CLUB MEMBERSHIP (ACM)

To purchase an Affiliate Club Membership online, click here.

This category applies to individuals belonging to an OCA affiliated club who do not hold an Ontario issued UCI Race Licence or Citizen Permit. (Note youth 18 are required to purchase an OCA Citizen Permit to join any OCA affiliated club)

An Affiliate Club Membership is a way for club members to gain access to the Provincial Insurance Program (Sport Accident and Liability Insurance coverage) during their OCA affiliated club’s approved activities. Activities not sanctioned/approved by the OCA cannot be covered.

The OCA Affiliate Club Membership identifies you as a member of the OCA. Like with any OCA membership card, this should be presented at all club activities, even if visiting another club on a one time basis for proof of OCA membership.

Affiliate Club Membership holders are not eligible to vote at the OCA’s Annual General Meeting as per the Association’s bylaws This membership is also not permitted for Citizen, Regional, Ontario Cup or Provincial/National level events unless otherwise dictated. If you already hold a UCI Licence or Citizen Permit, an OCA Affiliate Club Membership is not required.

Individuals taking out this membership will still be required to sign up for their club and pay any fees which the club may levy for membership. Click here for list of OCA Affiliated Clubs

AFFILIATE CLUB MEMBERSHIP HOLDERS:

  • Can participate in their club’s activities or any OCA affiliated club inviting the member as a guest
  • OCA Affiliate Club Membership Card MUST be showed to prove membership with the Ontario Cycling Association for that season.
  • May upgrade to a Citizen Permit or UCI Licence at any time for only the difference in price. (Contact OCA office for more information)
  • Holders have access to Provincial Partner organized insurance program while participating in approved club’s activities (Sport Accident and General Liability)
  • Are a non-voting member of the OCA
  • Each club has specific benefits for its club members

CITIZEN PERMIT (CP)

To purchase an OCA Citizen Permit online, click here.

The Citizen Permit is purchased by riders who wish to compete only in Ontario (excluding National, Canada Cup or World Cup events held within the Province). This is strictly a provincial membership that will allow you to participate in OCA sanctioned events in some designated categories. Not all categories can be raced on a Citizen Permit so be sure to check the Sports Section (and event technical guide) to see which membership you require. (Note for 2021! All categories will be open to Citizen Permit holders at OCA sanctioned events.)

This membership is best for weekly series riders or beginners/novices. OCA Citizen Permit holders are not eligible to vote at the OCA’s Annual General Meeting as per OCA bylaws.

Note: Youth members (18 and under) are required to hold at minimum an OCA Citizen Permit to join any OCA affiliated cycling club. Youth members may decide to participate in their local club programming but are also encouraged to consider any number of youth sanctioned events held across the province.

Citizen Permit Holders:

  • Can participate in their club’s activities or any OCA affiliated club inviting the member as a guest
  • Can register at any OCA permitted Citizen Event
  • Can register in designated categories at Regional/O-Cup/Provincial Events (see Sport pages for breakdown)
  • May upgrade to a UCI Licence at any time for only the difference in price (Contact OCA office for more information)
  • Are a non-voting member of the OCA
  • Holders have access to Provincial Partner organized insurance program while participating in OCA sanctioned events or club’s activities (Sport Accident and General Liability)
  • Cannot hold a Citizen Permit and UCI Licence simultaneously (2021 Exception: Those holding a UCI Technical Licence ONLY may also take out a Citizen Permit if planning particiapte in any events.

UCI LICENCE (ROAD/MTBXC/DH/4X/TRACK/CYCLO-CROSS/BMX/PARA/TECH)

To purchase a licence online click here.

The UCI Licence is primarily for those who wish to race in the majority of categories in the Ontario Cup Series or at the Provincial Championships. Those looking to race outside the province of Ontario, or at national/international sanctioned events within the province must also purchase a UCI Race Licence. UCI Licence members receive all of the benefits of OCA membership. These licenses are issued by the OCA office on behalf of Cycling Canada Cyclisme, which in turn is affiliated with the international cycling body, Union Cycliste Internationale. This means that CCC/UCI Licence holders will be able to compete in any sanctioned event anywhere in the world, subject to certain conditions. This card should be present and shown at any OCA sanctioned activity (club activity, citizen event, Regional/O-Cup event, etc.) as proof of membership.

UCI Licence Holders:

  • Can register for any OCA event (subject to specific category allowance)
  • Can register in designated categories at Regional/O-Cup/Provincial Events (see Sport pages for breakdown)
  • Receive a vote at the OCA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Licence is valid Nationally and Internationally
  • May be eligible for certain High Performance Projects based on pre-defined criteria
  • Holders have access to Provincial Partner organized insurance program while participating in UCI Affiliated National or Provincial sanctioned events or club’s activities (Sport Accident and General Liability)

General Members (NON-RIDING MEMBERSHIP)

To purchase this membership, click here.

General Members are members of the Association who do not plan to ride or race. This membership does not provide insurance coverage for riding or racing but is usually associated with those looking to have a say in the affairs of the OCA. Each General Member is a voting member of the Association and receives a vote at the Annual General Meeting.

  • Receive a vote at the OCA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Must purchase UCI Licence, Citizen Permit or One-Event Racing Permit to register in OCA events
  • Must purchase Affiliate Club Membership to participate in club activities

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CAN-BIKE Instructor Membership

Cycling Canada Cyclisme will be the sole issuing body of CAN-BIKE Instructor Memberships and Insurance.  For further information on this please CLICK HERE

Non-Member Permit

A non-member permit allows someone without a licence to participate in a single event. These permits are either purchased at the event, or may be prepaid if the event has online registration. Non-member permits are not available at every event, so please confirm with the event organizer prior to event day.

OCA Citizen Event

  • For riders wishing to register in an OCA Citizen Permitted Event who are not a Citizen Permit holder or UCI licence holder
  • Individuals are limited to 3 Non-Member Racing Permits in total throughout the season (including Regional Events)
  • Not all citizen events will be selling Non-Member Racing Permits (please contact organizer for details)

OCA Regional Event (any event where upgrade points are available)

  • Riders wishing to participate in an OCA Regional Permitted Event who are not UCI licence holders, or Citizen Permit holders must purchase a One-Event Racing Permit to compete
  • Permits are not available at Ontario Cup and Regional Road events
  • Can only purchase 3 One-Event Racing Permits in a season (including Citizen events)
  • Must purchase a UCI licence (or Citizen Permit if in an applicable category) to participate in 4th event
  • For Downhill events, non-member permits are limited to two (2) annually
  • Are limited to entry level categories only

For a comprehensive list of the Membership pricing structure, please see the Membership Rates and Pricing page.