Halton Region employs primary care and advanced care paramedics. Visit Halton Region's employment opportunities to view current postings.
Becoming a paramedic
To become a paramedic, you must:
- Complete an Ontario Ministry of Health approved Primary Care Paramedic course
- Undergo a certification process administered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
Candidates from outside Ontario who do not have their Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) designation must enter an equivalency process with MOHLTC to establish their qualifications to work in Ontario. Information on the equivalency process can be found below:
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website lists colleges that offer Paramedic Programs (external link).
All components of the recruitment process are specific to Halton Region.
Qualifying advanced care paramedic applicants must participate in a separate hiring competition, which includes:
- A written exam (July 25, 2018)
- An interview (at a later date)
- A physical assessment
Halton Region will contact qualified advanced care paramedics no later than July 2, 2018 to schedule the written exam.
Job postings for the 2018 recruitment process begin after June 8, 2017. Resumes must be submitted electronically from June 8 to June 22, 2018 to be considered eligible to register for the written exam.
Registration for the written exam will take place:
There are limited spots available for each sitting; scheduling is based on a first come, first served basis. Candidates will receive a confirmation of application as of July 3, 2018. A link in the letter will allow candidates to register for one of 3 different exam times; the link will go live at noon on July 4, 2018. Seating is strictly limited to the first 300 applicants to register. Please ensure you check all email inboxes
Written exams will consist of 100 multiple choice questions over a two-hour period. Exams will be conducted during the following dates and times:
All exams are located at:
Photo ID - valid class F Ontario driver’s license (out of province licenses will not be accepted without documentation proving equivalency – it is the applicants responsibility to obtain this) Candidates must arrive 1 hour prior to scheduled time for documentation verification. You must provide the following ORIGINAL documentation (NO PHOTOCOPIES) to gain access to the written exam (failure to provide ALL required documentation will result in denial of access):
- One of the following:
- Current college student ID card
- College diploma from approved program
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ID card
- AEMCA certificate
- Ministry of Healthy and Long-Term Care equivalency letter
All candidates for the written exam will be required to sign a Code of Conduct waiver (available on site). Only successful candidates will be contacted to move on to the next stage of the recruitment process.
Practical exam and driver testing
All successful candidates who receive an email to continue the recruitment process will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of their practical evaluation. Dates for the practical exam and driver testing have been scheduled for July 30 - August 3, 2018. Candidates must provide the following on the date of testing:
- A valid PAA from Sibley or a valid PAE from Ability Works
- A valid class F Ontario Drivers License
Failure to provide this documentation on the day of testing will result in candidate's immediate removal from the recruitment process.
The practical exam will consist of one simulated patient care scenario.
- Simulation mannequin and/or live persons will be used as patients for the scenarios.
- Patient care might involve trauma or medical situations based on the most current published provincial BLS/ALS Patient Care Standards.
- Any reference material that candidates want to bring into the scenario will be permitted.
The driver test is a spatial awareness analysis where the candidate will be maneuvering through a predetermined route
Both of these processes will be completed at:
Only successful candidates will be contacted to move onto the next stage of the recruitment process.
All successful candidates who receive an email to continue the recruitment process will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of their interview.
Candidates must provide:
- An updated resume
- 3 professional references related to the emergency medical services field
August 13 – 17, 2018
Halton Region Paramedic Services Headquarters
(Woodlands Operations Centre)
1179 Bronte Road, Oakville (external link)
All successful candidates will be contacted by phone on August 20 - 31, 2018. They will receive further instructions on how the process will continue at that time.
Orientation will take place: