Help Section

Important information

To help ensure the health and safety of our OPLA Community, it is important to observe and apply protocols outlined by Health Canada when trading with other users of OPLA. Your well-being remains our top priority. Please seriously consider whether in-person meetings are necessary.

If the transaction you are making is necessary, please consider the following options:

Please consider choosing your preferred third party, secure cashless payment method.

If considering sending/receiving the item via Canada Post or other shipping agents, ensure that the agent you're using is reputable; it's recommended that if using a shipping agent, that a tracking number is used and additional precautions are taken when sending/receiving items; particularly items of a high value. Increased care should be taken with high-value items to ensure both sides are comfortable sending or receiving the item through a postal or shipping service. Please note, OPLA itself does not offer postal or shipping services; it is organized between buyer and seller (agreement should be mutual, and we recommend confirming all details such as service provider, cost, packaging, pick-up location, and delivery address). OPLA will not be held responsible for items not received or for any items that do not meet the buyer's expectations (including where they are not as described).

This can be a great alternative to shipping and allows both buyer and seller to inspect the item and make an exchange, all while observing social-distancing protocols.

Other things to consider:

Remote inspections via your preferred video conferencing call service, enables Community Members to discuss the transaction while observing social-distancing protocols; Community Members can also send additional images, to show features/condition.

Online applications for rental agreements enable the landlord and applicant to interact while observing social-distancing protocols. Be careful of applications that request information such as Age, Occupation, Income, Gender, and more sensitive information such as bank or SIN card numbers. These can often be attempts to steal information. Please note that OPLA does not facilitate online applications and we are not involved in any agreements made between the landlord and applicant.

We recommend cleaning items before and after a transaction as per the Health Canada page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention. Please visit Health Canada to learn more about precautions to take at this time.

Ad Posting

  1. 1. Select the Post Ad button found at the top of OPLA.
  2. 2. Type in the title you'd like to use for your ad and click Next.
  3. 3. Depending on your title, we may suggest a category that would be appropriate for your ad. You can select one of the suggestions or choose a main category and sub-category (if required) from the list below.
  4. If you're posting an ad in Services, Real Estate, Jobs, Used Cars & Trucks, or Vacation Rentals, you'll have the opportunity to choose a Visibility Package. You can simply post your ad as you normally would, or you can choose a plan which includes features, to maximize your ad's exposure in the listings.
  5. 4. After selecting your category, you will be directed to the Post Your Ad page where you can enter your ad's details including price, description, images & video, and choose additional features for increased exposure.
  1. 1. Select 'I Want' under Ad Type..
  2. 2. To post as Free or Swap/ Trade: select a price of Free or Swap / Trade. Please note: only items that are being offered for free, with no additional stipulations, are permitted to be posted in this manner.
  3. 3. Your location will default to show a general area instead of your exact street address. If you'd like your exact street address shown publicly, please check the 'Show my exact location' box after entering your address. If your address or postal code isn't showing the area you'd like to post within, click here to learn more about changing locations.
  4. If you're posting an ad in Services, Real Estate, Jobs, Used Cars & Trucks, or Vacation Rentals, you'll have the opportunity to choose a Visibility Package. You can simply post your ad as you normally would, or you can choose a plan which includes features, to maximize your ad's exposure in the listings.
  5. 4. After selecting your category, you will be directed to the Post Your Ad page where you can enter your ad's details including price, description, images & video, and choose additional features for increased exposure.

Adding images to your ad gets your ad noticed. Get that camera ready!

  1. 1. From the 'Post Your Ad' page, click on the Select Images button.
  2. 2. Choose the images you'd like to use in your ad.

The dimensions of the images should be appropriate and are solely the responsibility of the respective user.

* It is important that you resize your image(s) and then choose the resized images again. After you resize the images, ensure they are smaller than 1024KB. If they are not, please resize again.

Why Postal Codes are mandatory

When it comes to Buying or Selling, General Rule applies here. location, location, location! on OPLA, As a local classified Ad site, Being able to find an item that's in a specified area simplifies the buying process. That's why we're now requiring sellers to include their full postal code when posting an ad on OPLA.



Here are the benefits

  • 1. You can search for items or services in a specific area rather than having to sort through ads in an entire city
  • 2. The distance search is more accurate which is especially important if your nearest OPLA city is too large or too far away from home
  • 3. A map will appear on each ad, giving a visual idea of where the item is located
  • 4. Buyers won't see an exact location pin on the map, but rather a circle in the general area associated with the Postal Code
  • 5. You're not required to include your specific home address, but if you do, a red pin will drop on your specific address on the map instead of a blue circle

Please note:

  • 1. Postal codes do not provide an exact address. Generally, each one could include hundreds of houses so there's no need to be concerned with buyers knowing where you live.
  • 2. Users may post an ad using multiple postal codes so that your ad will be posted in more than one location.  
  • 3. We reserve the right to remove ads that hinder the user experience.
  • 4. OPLA does not impose any time limits on the posted ads, AS PER OUR CURRENT POLICY.