York Region Paramedic Services
We provide emergency and non-emergency medical response to patients, including patient assessment, life-saving treatment and monitoring, and safe and timely transport to the appropriate facility for continuing medical care. Through higher standards of training, the use of new technologies and the growing role of community paramedicine, Paramedic Services are expanding and playing a broader role in improving community health.
Join our team
York Region Paramedic Services hires paramedics periodically to provide medical services in York Region. We also employ many support personnel, including fleet, logistics and administrative positions.
Paramedic Services recruitment process
Paramedics hired by York Region undergo an extensive recruitment process that can involve written testing, driver testing, observance of clinical skills through scenarios and interviews.
Paramedics offered positions with York Region Paramedic Services will be required to submit proof of physical fitness and undergo Post-Offer Employment Testing with at third party agency.
Primary Care Paramedic pathways program
The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Pathways Program is York Region’s PCP student placement program. To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in a paramedic program in Ontario.
Placement in the program is available once a year. The intake process begins in the Spring for placement beginning in the Fall. Placement spots depend on service availability.
Please note, participating in the PCP Pathways Program does not guarantee a paramedic position with York Region Paramedic Services.
York Paramedic Services invests in students by providing:
- Supervised pre-hospital practice, including base hospital educational certification
- Driver training for ambulance operation
- Rotations through various departments including Logistics, Special Response Unit and Community Paramedicine
- ePCR Documentation Training
- Pathways Mentors
- Other educational opportunities throughout the program
During the PCP Pathways Program, students will:
- Partner with experienced York Region paramedics
- Receive feedback in different areas of paramedicine to identify and resolve educational gaps
- Strengthen skills and build knowledge base
- Receive hands-on experience through simulations and clinical training
- Receive coaching and development opportunities
- Obtain exposure to clinical patient assessments, treatment and care
- Be provided with preparation for employment testing and provincial paramedic exam
PCP Pathways Program consists of four distinct phases to progress from being a paramedic college student to starting a career in paramedicine in Ontario. To learn more about the program phases, refer to the PCP Pathways - What to Expect.
How to become a paramedic in Ontario
Paramedics in Ontario are required to hold an Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant (AEMCA) certificate issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care. They are also required to hold an F-class driver’s license with fewer than six demerit points and meet all immunization requirements as described under the Ambulance Act.
Most paramedics in Ontario will hold a Paramedic Diploma to gain eligibility to write the AEMCA exam. Paramedic Diplomas are issued by approved Paramedic programs run by private or public colleges across Ontario. Universities may also be partnered with colleges to offer degrees in conjunction with the paramedic diploma.
A requirement for completion of any paramedic program is to complete a field placement within an ambulance service. York Region Paramedic Services’ PCP Pathways Program offers a robust and comprehensive field placement experience for registered paramedic students.
Other healthcare professionals or non-registered Canadian paramedics
See the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, Emergency Health Services Paramedic Equivalency.
Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care
Ministry of Transportation