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Paramedic Services Recruitment


Halton Region employs both primary care and advanced care paramedics. Learn about how to become a paramedic, where to receive training, the recruitment process and more.

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:

For the 2021 paramedic recruitment process, we have two in-takes planned:

  • early March 2021 for applicants who are current medics or are EMCA (Emergency Medical Care Assistants)/AEMCA (Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistants) certified; and
  • early May 2021 for applicants who will be graduating in spring 2021.

We will be communicating with applicants via email. Please ensure you check all email inboxes regularly, including junk mail.

Recruitment process

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
  • An interview (at a later date)
  • A physical assessment

Casper test

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

Please visit (external link) to create an account and to reserve a time to take the test. Sign up for the Professional Paramedic Services CSP-20212 test and reserve a test using a piece of government-issued photo ID.

You will be asked to select a testing date:
December 1, 2020 OR December 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select Halton Paramedic Services for distribution before the posted distribution deadline.

For more information about the CASPer test, please view this video (video).


Online Exam

Candidates who advance to the exam phase of the process will receive instructions to register for the exam. All exams will be completed remotely.

The exam will be offered on:
January 4, 6 and 8, 2021.

Virtual Oral Board

Candidates being considered for in-take one who advance beyond the written exam will be scheduled to participate in a virtual oral board.

Candidates will receive an email between January 14 and January 18, 2021 and will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of the virtual oral board.

Dates for the virtual oral board:
January 21 to 29, 2021


Practical assessment

Candidates being considered for in-take two will advance to the scenario/practical assessment phase.

You will receive an email and will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of the scenario/practical assessment.
Email for scheduling to be sent between:
February 1 to 4, 2021.

Dates for the practical exam have been scheduled for:
February 15 to 26, 2021.

Candidates must provide the following on the date of testing:

  • A valid PAA from OPPAT (external link) will only be accepted this year.
  • A valid class F Ontario driver's licence

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 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.

These will be completed at:

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


Candidates who advance to the interview phase will receive email and will be directed to confirm the date and time of their 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
  • Authorization to obtain a Driver’s Abstract.

Candidates can expect to receive an email to schedule the interview between:

For in-take one:
February 3 to 6, 2021
For in-take two:
March 3 to 6, 2021.

Interviews will be held:
In-take one:
February 8 and 9, 2021
In-take two:
March 8 to 26, 2021

Candidates are encouraged to monitor their email during this time. Scheduling is based on a first come, first served basis.

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Job offers

Successful candidates will be contacted by phone.

For in-take one: job offers will be made in February.

For in-take two: job offers will be made in April.


Orientation for in-take one:
March 8 to 12, 2021

Orientation for in-take two:
May 10 to 28, 2021

Orientation will take place:

  • To be determined