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Waterloo Region - Who we arefemale and male paramedics

Waterloo Region is one of the fastest growing and prosperous areas in Ontario. It is the fourth largest urban area in Ontario and the tenth largest in Canada with a population of 568,500. We expect to grow by over 200,000 people in the next 20 years, while maintaining the quality of life we are famous for.

The Region is home to the three cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge and the four Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

Our unique mix of urban and rural settings covers approximately 1,382 square kilometers. In 2015, Paramedic Services responded to approximately 39,020 calls.

SPRING 2018 Recruitment Process

We are looking to hire the best candidates we can find which demonstrate the skills of a paramedic and who match our Regional values. Below is a general guideline of the recruitment process that will be followed for Spring 2018. Communication with candidates throughout the recruitment process will be done electronically.

Recruitment Overview

Activity Timelines will change as dates are confirmed
Posting November 6 - 17, 2017
Written Exam  January 6, 2018
Interviews and Practical Testing February 26 - March 1, 2018
Documentation Deadline  March 1, 2018
Driver Testing  March 12 - 16, 2018
Physical Testing TBD
March 26 - 30, 2018

Job Offers (conditional)

March 26 - 30, 2018

Base Hospital Certification

April 23 - 25, 2018

Recruits Begin

April 30, 2018

Job Posting

A job posting will be available November 6-17, 2017 on the Region of Waterloo website. In order to be considered, an online application must be submitted by the applicant outlining their knowledge, skills, abilities and qualifications in relation to the job posting.

Written Exam

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in the written exam on January 6, 2018. The written exam will consist of multiple choice questions based on all applicable Provincial legislation, BLS Patient Care Standards, Provincial Base Hospital Medical Directives and National Occupational Competencies, Regional philosophies and demographics. A non-negotiable exam time will be assigned to each candidate.

Please refer to the Required Documentation Timelines document to ensure you bring the proper documents to the written exam. If you do not bring the required documents, you will forfeit your application.


Candidates who are successful in the written exam will be invited to participate in the interview and practical testing process. A non-negotiable date and time will be assigned to each candidate.

Please refer to the Required Documentation Timelines document to ensure you bring the proper documents to the interview process.

Documentation Deadline

Candidates are required to submit all documentation by March 1, 2018. Please find here a list of Required Documentation Timelines that must be completed and submitted.

NOTE: If you do not submit ALL required documentation by March 1, you will be removed from the selection process.

Physical Testing

Physical testing will be held by an external vendor and will take place in Waterloo. Specific details will be included in the email to successful candidates.

Driver Testing

Candidates who are successful in the practical testing and who have passed the Region's Driver's Abstract process will be invited to schedule a driver test and select a non-negotiable date and time for driver testing from March 12 - 16, 2018.


Reference checks will be conducted for all candidates who are eligible for the driver testing beginning the week of March 26, 2018. Candidates must provide three references of people who have directly supervised them, including:

  • One clinical reference including a supervisor (if working as a paramedic) or a preceptor (if currently a student).
  • Other supervisors who have directly supervised their work. Candidates are asked to include any references from direct supervisors in the human services, patient transfer, military reserve, lifeguard, etc. fields (if applicable).
  • Character references will not be accepted.

Job Offers

Job offers (conditional) will be made electronically the week of March 26, 2018.

Base Hospital Certification

Candidates will be invited to participate in base hospital certification the week of April 23, 2018.


All candidates who have accepted job offers will participate in a three-week orientation.