What to Expect During the Paramedic Recruitment Process

The City of Hamilton only accepts applications during specified recruitment campaign dates. These dates will be advertised as they become available.

If you would like to become a paramedic with the City, apply online by answering the mandatory online questionnaire and attaching your resume. If you do not fully complete the questionnaire or do not attach your resume, your application will be disqualified.

  • All those who have submitted their completed mandatory questionnaire and resume are invited to write the exam unless you do not meet the qualifications.
  • A valid Ontario Class “F” Driver’s Licence or higher (or Provincial equivalent) dated no later than Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Your Class “F” Driver’s Licence as stated above is required at time of testing and throughout the process.
  • You must bring with you to the testing two (2) H or HB pencils and a good eraser.
  • Candidates who are qualified for the written test will be contacted by e-mail and assigned to one of two written exam sessions.

Session 1:

Date:  Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 9 to 11 am (Registration commences at 8 am)
Location: Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s - Wentworth Rooms B and C
1 Summers Lane Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y2

Session 2:

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm (Registration commences at 12:30 pm)
Location: Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s - Wentworth Rooms B and C
1 Summers Lane, Hamilton Ontario L8P 4Y2

Multi-Mini interviews (MMI's) will be conducted the week of February 13, 2017

Those who are selected for an interview will be notified via email with detailed information.

Required Documents to be provided at the Interview:

The City of Hamilton Reference Consent Form will be provided to you when you are contacted for an interview. You will be required to bring the completed Reference Consent Form to the interview listing three (3) references. References must be employment related in a reporting capacity. Please note, if you are a recent graduate and you advance to the interview stage, we will require a reference from your main preceptor. References will only be contacted if you are proceeding through the next step in the recruitment process following the interview.

Original and one (1) copy of each of the following documents are required at the interview:

  • Valid Class “F” Driver’s Licence dated no later than January 10, 2017 photo ID. For copy submission please ensure front and back is copied.
  • Current CPR certificate equivalent to HSFO standards.
  • AEMCA or letter of registration to write AEMCA Testing. If you have a letter of registration and your AMECA is pending proof must be provided on the last business day prior to the first day of the orientation program.
  • If you are a new graduating student and have not yet received your diploma you will be required to produce a letter from your college instructor stating anticipated graduation date and verification of registration for MOH AEMCA examination. Upon successful completion of the AEMCA exam you would be required to bring the letter of successful completion and AEMCA Certificate to Hamilton Paramedic Service. In the event that after 210 days post-graduation (the end of the AEMCA pending period), you have not been certified AEMCA by the Province of Ontario, your employment with the City of Hamilton will be terminated.
  • Diploma from an approved Ontario Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Training Program or letter of good standing from an approved Ontario PCP Training Program indicating graduation date.
  • High School Diploma or official transcript or approved equivalent as established by the Ontario Ministry of Education. For evaluation of International educational certificates please contact the International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS) of Canada at 1-800-321-6021 or www.icascanada.ca or World Education Services – Canada (WES-Canada) at 1-866-343-0070 or www.wes.org/ca.
  • Provide proof of completion of all mandatory MOHLTC core programs. This can either be done by individual certificates or with a letter attesting to completion by an approved Ontario PCP Training Program.
  • Any relevant certifications (i.e. BA, BSc, ACLS, Base Hospital, PALS, BLS etc.)

2nd Interviews:

  • Panel Interviews to be conducted the week of March 13, 2017.
  • Those who are selected for a 2nd interview will be notified via email with detailed information.

Conditional job offers will be made the week of March 27, 2017 based on the number of vacancies. To be eligible to continue further in the process the following conditions must be satisfied after the conditional offer is made.

  • Ability Works Physical Agility Evaluation
    • You will be required to pass the Ability Works Physical Agility Evaluation.
  • Blood Work and ECG
    • You will be required to complete lab work.
    • You must pass a physical exam (administered by our Physician) as set out by the employer specific to the work of a Primary Care Paramedic.
  • MOHLTC Identification
    • Meet all requirements for MOHLTC Identification.
  • Immunization Status and Free from Communicable Disease Proof
    • Proof of Immunization as outlined in Table 1, Part A of Ambulance Service Communicable Disease Standards.
    • Proof that candidate is free of communicable diseases listed in Table 1, Part B of Ambulance Service Communicable Disease Standards.
  • Driver’s Abstract Check
    • A valid Class “F” Driver’s Licence dated no later than Tuesday, January 10, 2017 photo ID.
    • Your driver’s abstract will be conducted by the City of Hamilton. Your driver’s abstract must be satisfactory to the City of Hamilton.
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check
    • You will be required to obtain at your own expense a Police Vulnerable Sector Check from the police service that services the Municipality in which you permanently reside.
    • An original must be submitted.
    • In order for your application to be considered, you must not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted at time of application and must be satisfactory to the City of Hamilton.
  • Reference Checks
    • Reference checks will be conducted at this point in the recruitment process.
  • Medical
    • You will be contacted by the City of Hamilton with a date and time for your third-party medical assessment.
    • You must successfully complete the medical evaluation to be considered further.
  • Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER) Certification
    • You must successfully complete and become certified in the skills and knowledge as set out by the employer and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER).
    • Certification will be conducted by HHS CPER.

Firm Offers

  • Firm offers will be made May 2017.

Orientation and training

  • Orientation will commence May 15, 2017 and is approximately five (5) weeks.

Eligibility List

You will be required to be successful/pass each phase of the process in order to be placed on the eligibility list to be hired as a Primary Care Paramedic. Once on the eligibility list, as vacancies arise, you will be considered for employment pursuant to your standing on the list.