Primary Care Paramedic Recruitment

2017 Recruitment is now closed.

Paramedics are the front-line of our health care system. They provide emergency treatment of a patient's medical condition or traumatic injuries, and provide medical transportation to health care facilities.

Paramedics bring a lot of skills and abilities to helping our community. Some of their day-to-day duties include providing:

  • Emergency medical care for ill or injured persons.
  • Leadership during an emergency.
  • Advanced pre-hospital life support, focusing on cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Transportation for ill or injured persons, to, from and between treatment facilities.
  • Patient assessment and treatment according to Provincial and local standards and protocols.
  • Medical interventions as deemed essential by the Base Hospital, a training facility under the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research with Hamilton Health Sciences, and Hamilton Emergency Services including controlled drug therapy (under the Symptom Relief Program).
  • Semi-automatic defibrillation and cardiac dysrhythmia interpretation according to Provincial and local standards and protocols.
  • Interaction with members of the health care team, allied emergency care providers, the public, and patients in a professional manner.
  • Interaction with Central Ambulance Communication Centres (CCACs) to ensure the CACC is advised of their status/location at all times.
  • Collaboration with medical staff and allied emergency care providers to facilitate timely treatment
  • Support for a patient’s family and friends during the time of emergency care.
  • Participation in primary care, public health, public education, and community events as assigned.
  • Routine checks of vehicles and vehicle equipment to make sure they are clean, sanitary, mechanically safe, and ready to respond, in accordance with local and provincial standards.
  • Reports of any vehicle deficiencies and assisting to correct them where qualified.
  • Stocking and maintaining ambulance stations in a clean and orderly state.
  • Written reports as required. This includes, but is not limited to, ambulance call reports, incident/occurrence reports, vehicle checklists, and any other report as deemed necessary by Hamilton Emergency Services and/or Ministry of Health.
  • Attendance in continuing education as required.
  • Attendance at training and precepting of co-op, college, advanced care, and primary care paramedic students.
  • Proof of maintaining all legislated requirements for employment and all certification requirements as set by the Base Hospital and Hamilton Emergency Services.
  • Other duties as assigned which are directly related to the major responsibilities of the job.

To become a paramedic with the City you must:

  • Have an Ontario High School Diploma or approved equivalent.
  • Be a certified Primary Care Paramedic (Paramedic Level 1).
  • Have a Diploma from a Community College in Ambulance and Emergency Care/ Paramedicine.
  • Complete and become certified in symptom relief and semi-automatic external defibrillation by the Hamilton Health Sciences Paramedic Base Hospital Program.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Have completed an Ontario College Paramedic Program and must achieve Emergency Medical Care Assistant Certification within 210 days of commencing employment.
  • Have a valid class F Ontario driver's licence.
  • Meet all current requirements (including medical) of the Ambulance Act and Regulations. As a condition of employment you will be required to provide proof of the minimum requirements required as outlined in the Ambulance Act and Regulations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak English fluently
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide leadership, and take charge in an emergency situation.
  • Be in good physical health and able to lift heavy weights.
  • Prove you have the ability to exercise sound judgement in emergency situations.
  • Be able to work a 24-hour-day, seven-day-a-week schedule. Regular part-time status consists of 12-24 hours per week with 12 of those hours on a consistent day of the week or consistent shift(s) as determined and assigned by the City, with advance notice as required in the collective agreement.

Preference will be given to those with:

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification
  • Basic Trauma Life Support certification

2017 Important dates

Review What to Expect During the Primary Care Paramedic Recruitment Process for further details on the below dates.

Recruitment Process and Information Guide (PDF, 170 KB)


  • Application process opens Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Application process closes Wednesday, November 23, 2016


  • Written Exams take place for qualified candidates on January 11, 2017


  • Multi-Mini Interviews (MMI’s) will be conducted the week of February 13, 2017


  • Panel interviews will be conducted the week of March 13, 2017
  • Conditional offers will be made outlining next steps the week of March 27, 2017


  • Firm offers will be made in May 2017
  • Orientation and training program is anticipated to commence May 15, 2017