Paramedic Services

Halton Region Paramedic Services is committed to providing excellence patient care by providing basic and pre-hospital emergency care to residents from ambulance stations throughout the Region. We are also committed to achieving the fastest possible response times and serving the community, with compassion, dignity, respect and professionalism.

Becoming a Paramedic

To become a paramedic, you must:

  • Complete an Ontario Ministry of Health approved Primary Care Paramedic course; and
  • 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:

Paramedic Equivalency Process - Health Care Professionals

All components of the recruitment process are specific to Halton Region. 

Please note we will communicate with candidates electronically, please check your email regularly as much of our correspondence is time-sensitive.

Qualifying applicants must participate in a selection process that may include:

  • A situational judgement assessment
  • A practical exam
  • A panel interview
  • A physical assessment
  • References
  • Driver’s Abstract
  • Police Criminal Record Check

Recruitment Process

Below is a general timeline for the Paramedic Services recruitment process. Please note this timeline is subject to change and we will update this web page once specific dates are determined.

Recruitment Phase Timelines
Posting November - December 2021
Situational Judgement Test January 2022
Written exam January 2022
Practical exam February - March 2022
Interviews March - April 2022
Offer of employment April 2022
Orientation May 2022

CASPer Test

To assist with the selection process all applicants are required to complete the CASPer® test. It is an online test that assesses personal and professional characteristics that are important for successful candidates of our program.

Please visit takeCASPer.com to create an account and to reserve a time to take the test. Please refer to the Activity Chart for the test dates

Situational Judgement Test

All applicants are required to complete a situational judgement test that is provided by an external vendor. The test assesses personal and professional characteristics that are important for successful candidates of our program.

Candidates who are selected to take part in our recruitment process will be notified and provided with more information and instructions regarding this step of the process.

Written Exam

Candidates who advance to the written exam will receive notification to register for the exam.

The written exam will be proctored by an external software provider. Details and instructions on how to register and complete the exam will be provided to you.

Only successful candidates will be contacted to move on to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Practical Exam

The practical exam will consist of simulated patient care scenarios.

  • 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.

Candidates must provide the following on the date of the practical exam:

  • a valid Physical Abilities(PAA) from OPPAT; 
  • a valid class F Ontario driver's license;

And, one of the following:

  • a current college student ID card;
  • a college diploma from approved program;
  • a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ID card;
  • an AEMCA certificate; or
  • a Ministry of Healthy and Long-Term Care equivalency letter.

Failure to provide this documentation on the day of testing will result in candidate's immediate removal from the recruitment process.

Only successful candidates will be contacted to move onto the next stage of the recruitment process.

Interviews

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. Interviews will be conducted by a selection panel.

At the time of interview, candidates must provide:

  • an updated resume;
  • three professional references related to the emergency medical services field (current preceptor must be one of the references); and
  • a driver’s abstract.

Scheduling for interviews is based on a first come, first served basis.

Offers of Employment

All successful candidates will be provided an offer of employment. Offers will be made on condition of:

  • high school diploma, transcript or equivalency;
  • college diploma/MOH-LTC Equivalency OR letter from college confirming graduation;
  • MOHLTC mandatory training records OR letter from college confirming that MOHLTC Mandatory training was delivered in school;
  • AEMCA/ EMCA certificate or proof of application (receipt of payment is sufficient);
  • Advanced Care Paramedic Certificate, if applicable;
  • Current Health Care Provider CPR Certification (valid within the past 12 months from the start of orientation);
  • Current First Aid Certification (if A-EMCA pending);
  • Current Class “F” Ontario Drivers License Photo ID;
  • Police Criminal Record Check - with Vulnerable Sector Check (valid within the past 6 months from the start of orientation);
  • Health Status Questionnaire & Lab Results; and
  • a driver’s abstract.

Orientation

Orientation will take place in May 2022. Details will be provided to the successful candidates via email.

Situational Judgement Test

All applicants are required to complete a situational judgement test that is provided by an external vendor. The test assesses personal and professional characteristics that are important for successful candidates of our program.

Candidates who are selected to take part in our recruitment process will be notified and will be provided with more information and instructions regarding this step of the process.

Written Exam

Candidates who advance to the written exam will receive notification to register for the exam.

The written exam will be proctored by an external software provider. Details and instructions on how to register and complete the exam will be provided to you.

Only successful candidates will be contacted to move on to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Practical Exam

The practical exam will consist of simulated patient care scenarios.

  • 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.

Candidates must provide the following on the date of the practical exam:

  • A valid Physical Abilities(PAA) from OPPAT 
  • A valid class F Ontario driver's license

And, 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

Failure to provide this documentation on the day of testing will result in candidate's immediate removal from the recruitment process.

Only successful candidates will be contacted to move onto the next stage of the recruitment process.

Interviews

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. Interviews will be conducted by a selection panel.

At the time of interview, candidates must provide:

  • An updated resume
  • Three professional references related to the emergency medical services field (current preceptor must be one of the references)
  • Driver’s Abstract

Scheduling is based on a first come, first served basis.

Psychological Assessment/ Interview

Successful candidates who receive an email to continue the recruitment process will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of their pre-employment psychological screening. Dates for the screening have been scheduled 1 week following the candidate’s interview.

Candidates will complete standardized, empirically validated self-report measures assessment prior to their interview with the psychologist. The assessment will measure:

  • Personality traits
  • Resilience
  • Coping styles

After the measures have been scored, an interview will take place between the candidate and a psychologist.

Offers of Employment

All successful candidates will be provided an offer of employment. Offers will be made on condition of:

  • High School Diploma, Transcript or Equivalency
  • College Diploma/MOH-LTC Equivalency OR Letter from College confirming graduation
  • MOHLTC Mandatory Training Records OR Letter from College confirming that MOHLTC Mandatory training was delivered in school
  • AEMCA/ EMCA Certificate or proof of Application (receipt of payment is sufficient)
  • Advanced Care Paramedic Certificate, if applicable
  • Current Health Care Provider CPR Certification (valid within the past 12 months from the start of orientation)
  • Current First Aid Certification (if A-EMCA pending)     
  • Current Class “F” Ontario Drivers License Photo ID     
  • Police Criminal Record Check - with Vulnerable Sector Check (valid within the past 6 months from the start of orientation)
  • Health Status Questionnaire & Lab Results
  • Driver’s Abstract

Orientation

Orientation will take place in May.

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