Types of Membership

There are licenses for all cycling enthusiasts that are tailored to all skills and abilities. Your license is valid from the date of issue until December 31 of the licensed year. (ex. January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022).

Anticipated processing time for UCI, Provincial Race License & General Membership (GM) applications is 1-2 weeks. Once your membership has been reviewed and processed, a link to your digital/PDF card will be issued with your membership confirmation email. If ordering a printed UCI license card, please allow for an extra week for mailing. For those purchasing an Associate Club Membership (ACM), this membership card is digitally issued at time of application and should show up as a PDF card within your confirmation email shortly after completing the registration process.

RUSH PROCESSING:

Require your license in a shorter time frame? A rush processing option is available for purchase at time of application for an additional cost. Rush processing times are based on the submission of a complete application (with no issues).

Rush processing not only prioritizes your application, but also includes shipping to a Canadian address via Purolator. Please note if you are having the membership sent to a building to list the apartment number and buzzer code in the shipping instructions at checkout. Purolator will usually leave this at the front desk or in the main lobby.

Requiring rush processing to an international address? Contact the OCA office directly to arrange a quote.

All issued memberships can also be accessed under the member’s CCN Bikes profile by logging into your CCN Bikes account and visiting https://ccnbikes.com/my_pages/memberships.

Any outstanding issues with a membership application may result in the processing time taking longer. Common issues include:

  • No Photo Uploaded (UCI Licenses)
  • Wrong Photo Format – Should be a headshot of applicant with no hats, helmets, goggles or sunglasses
  • Wrong Category Selected – Riders are eligible for the last race category they held on their license (or were eligible to upgrade to). NEW members must select the entry level racing category
  • Club/Team Not Affiliated at Time of Application
  • Online Membership Agreement Forms/Waivers Not Properly Completed

OCA ASSOCIATE CLUB MEMBERSHIP (ACM)

To purchase an Associate 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 License or Citizen Permit. (Note youth 18 are required to purchase an Provincial Race License 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 Associate 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.

Associate 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 License or Provincial Race License, an OCA Associate 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

ASSOCIATE CLUB MEMBERSHIP HOLDERS:

  • Can participate in their club’s activities or any OCA affiliated club inviting the member as a guest
  • OCA Associate Club Membership Card MUST be showed to prove membership with the Ontario Cycling Association for that season.
  • May upgrade to a Provincial Race Licence 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

PROVINCIAL RACE LICENSE [formerly CITIZEN PERMIT (CP)]

To purchase a Provincial Race License online, click here.

Provincial Race License will allow participation at all provincially hosted events including Ontario Cup Series and Provincial Championships,  The intention for change from a CP to Provincial Race License is to reduce the costs for those who only race provincially increase the pool of eligible racers to attend Ontario events to help support organizers, and increase the efficiency of the OCA membership structure with the purpose of increasing alignment with other provinces.

Provincial Race License 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 a Provincial Race License 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.

Provincial Race License holder:

  • Can participate in their club’s activities or any OCA affiliated club inviting the member as a guest
  • Can register at any OCA sanctioned 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 Provincial Race License and UCI Licence simultaneously (2022 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.