about the opa

The OPA is the only organization in Ontario recognized nationally by the CBBF and internationally by the IFBB.

Every year, the OPA holds over 20 events throughout Ontario, making us the largest physique organization in the country both in terms of the number of competitions we hold and competitors that enter. OPA events also receive tremendous media exposure in all the country's leading physique magazine and across numerous websites and online resources. If a highly competitive environment that offers tremendous potential for growth appeals to you, then the OPA is right to you.


our history

  • 1974 -

    Bill Warren and Chester McClean established the Ontario Amateur Federation of Bodybuilders. When the Federation was established there was only Men’s Bodybuilding

  • 1977 -

    Chester McClean became president of the association. Name changed to the Ontario Amateur Bodybuilding Association

  • 1979 -

    Women began to compete in Bodybuilding.

  • 1984 -

    Colbert Piggott became president of the association.

  • 1986 -

    Bill Bird became president of the association.

  • 1988 -

    Mark Baker became president of the association. Name changed to BodyBuilding Ontario

  • 1989 -

    Changed its name to Body Building Association of Ontario

  • 1990 -

    Back in the early 90’s, Mixed Couples was very popular. It was reintroduced in 2014.

  • 1992 -

    The OPA introduced Natural Shows that follow the WADA guidelines.

  • 1996 -

    Women’s Fitness was introduced.

  • 1998 -

    Ron Hache became president of the Association. Name change to the Ontario Physique Association.

  • 2003 -

    Figure was introduced

  • 2009 -

    The Bikini category was introduced.

  • 2012 -

    Men’s Physique and Women's Physique were introduced. Children’s Fitness was also introduced only in Ontario.

  • 2015 -

    Men's Classic Physique was introduced.