ONA Dues

ONA Dues

Dues-paying ONA members enjoy a number of services and benefits tailored to the needs of registered nurses and health-care professionals. These services and benefits include: Access to our top-notch education programs, professional practice specialists who advise members on nursing practice concerns, a Human Rights and Equity Team that promotes equality and works for fair and impartial consideration of issues, access to the ONA Benefit Program, which provides base Long-Term Disability (LTD) for members not covered through their employer/collective agreement, and much more.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members pay a flat rate based on their hourly rate of pay.

Effective January 1, 2019, dues paid to ONA for the dues months of January 2020 to December 2020 are as follows:

ONA Dues Tax Treatment
Straight Time Hourly Rate Total Deducted Per Month Portion of Dues for Insurance Portion of Dues for Box 44 on T4 (tax deductible)
Equal or greater than $27.50 $104.86 $3.50 $101.36
Greater than $21.00, but less than $27.50 $76.53 $3.50 $73.03
Equal or less than $21.00 $61.85 $3.50 $58.35
Stand-by Pay $5.00 $3.50 $1.50

If you work at more than one ONA health agency you do have to pay dues in both places. The employers are legislated to deduct the dues for all members within the Bargaining Unit. ONA does have a dual dues refund policy for the members who meet the policy qualifications. For more information, please read the Dual Dues section below.

If you have specific questions related to dues and membership that have not been answered, please send an email to memberchanges@ona.org

Dual Dues

The following FAQs will provide you with further information about ONA’s Dual Dues program.

1. Am I entitled to receive a dual dues refund this year?
The following is the criteria for determining if you are eligible for a dual dues refund for the 2019 year:

  • The refund is based on the year from January 1 to December 31, 2019.
  • You have to be employed at more than one agency where ONA is the bargaining agent.
  • The total number of dues deductions from all your employers within the designated time period must exceed 12 deductions.

November 2019 Dual Dues Update: Is money owed to you? Click here for an important notice about Dual Dues refunds

The 2018 Dual Dues Refunds have been completed. As of November 10, 2019, the members on this list have not received their cheques as ONA Membership has been unable to contact them or a cheque was issued on May 24, 2019 and was not cashed as of November 10, 2019. If your name is contained on the list, please contact the staff member responsible for Dual Dues Refunds at DualDuesRefund@ona.org or call (416) 964-8833 or 1-800-387-5580, ext. 7788.

2. Do I have to apply for a dual dues refund?

You do not have to apply for a dual dues refund. The calculations are done automatically based on the dues remittances received from employers.

3. What is the refundable portion of dues for 2019? 

Based on standard dues paid per month  $101.81  $74.30  $60.05
Less non-refundable portion of dues:
Local portion of dues  $16.13 $16.13 $16.13
Critical Illness/LTD Premiums  $2.50  $2.50  $2.50
Supplemental Funding  $2.00  $2.00  $2.00
Legal Expense Assistance Plan  $2.50  $2.50  $2.50
 CFNU $2.50 $2.50 $2.50
 Malpractice Insurance  $1.00  $1.00  $1.00
Total Deductions  $26.63  $26.63  $26.63
 Operating Portion (Refundable portion)  $75.18  $47.67  $33.42

4. How is my dual dues refund calculated?
Your dual dues refund is calculated based on the following formula: The total number of dues payments submitted by all of your employers during the year less 12 payments multiplied by the Refundable Portion of Dues.

Example: In the year 2019, Barbara worked for two employers. She paid monthly dues at Employer A from March to October 2019 (8 months) and Employer B from January to November 2019 (11 months.) The total number of dues payments for Barbara in 2019 was 19. She submits dues based on the top tier.

Her total refund for 2019 would be calculated as follows:

Total number of dues payments in the year (19) less 12 payments equals 7 months multiplied by $75.18 (refundable portion of dues.)

Her dual dues refund for 2019 would be $526.26.

5. My Local collects a special dues levy in addition to the regular monthly dues. Will I be able to receive a refund of the special dues levy and the Local portion of the dues that I have paid?

Locals are required to develop financial policies regarding the refund of the Local portion of dues received by the Local. Please contact your Local Coordinator for the policies of your Local.

6. Are there tax implications for the dual dues refund?

The dual dues refund is considered taxable income in the year received. Therefore you must add the 2019 refund you receive in 2020 onto your 2020 personal income tax return. Please consult your tax professional for advice.

7. When will I get my dual dues refund?

Prior to 2020, Dual Dues Refund cheques were mailed out. Due to the COVID-19 situation, ONA has introduced direct deposit payment for Dual Dues Refunds. Payments will be deposited by May 31st for eligible members who have provided ONA with their banking information. Please visit our secure website at www.ona.org/update to provide your banking information to ONA to receive your Dual Dues Refund electronically, directly into your bank account.

8. What if I disagree with the dual dues refund amount I received?

If you disagree with the amount you receive, you may send a written request for a review. You must attach copies of your T4 forms from all your employers for the year 2019. Please ensure you include your ONA member ID number, social insurance number and current address on your correspondence.

Send your request and required information to:

Ontario Nurses’ Association
Attn: Dual Dues Refunds, Accounting Services Team
85 Grenville Street, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5S 3A2

Or by email at DualDuesRefund@ona.org

The written request for the review must be received within 90 days from the receipt of the refund. Please allow four to six weeks for a response.

9. What if I did not receive a dual dues refund cheque and I feel I should have?

If you did not receive a 2019 dual dues refund cheque by June 30, 2020 and believe that you should have received one:

  1. Contact Dues and Membership at 1-800-387-5580, ext. 2200 or from the Toronto area, 416-964-8833, ext. 2200 to make sure that your contact and bank information on file is up to date.
  2. You must send a request for a review of your eligibility for a Dual Dues Refund. You must attach copies of your T4 forms from all your employers for the year 2019. Please ensure that you include your ONA member ID number, social insurance number and current address on your correspondence.

Send your request and required information to the address above or to DualDuesRefund@ona.org. Please allow four to six weeks for a response.

10. How long do I have to claim a dual dues refund?

ONA will only investigate inquiries concerning dual dues refunds for a period of two years following the year in which the dues were deducted. For example, inquiries for 2019 dual dues refunds must be made by December 31, 2021.

11. I still have a question regarding dual dues. How do I contact a specialist?

If you didn’t find the answers you need in this FAQ, you can contact us at DualDuesRefund@ona.org, or call and leave a message at 1-800-387-5580, ext. 7788 or from the Toronto area, 416-964-8833, ext. 7788.

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