We are actively recruiting Primary Care Paramedics and A-EMCA-pending recent graduates for full-time and part-time positions with our service.  Please see below for details and instructions related to our selection processes, and please click HERE for a link to our most recent recruitment advertisement.

Algoma District Paramedic Services (ADPS) is a division of the Algoma District Services Administration Board (ADSAB).  We are proud to employ a team of approximately 85 Primary Care Paramedics in our emergency prehospital care and community paramedicine programs and on our management team, serving the health and wellbeing of the people and communities who make up the 20 municipalities and the unorganized townships of our service area.

We are located in a beautiful natural environment of lakes and forests, offering at-your-doorstep access to outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, mountain and road biking, fishing, boating and water sports, camping, exploring the northern Great Lakes region, and so much more.  The communities serviced by the ADSAB offer an outdoor lifestyle, year-round local events and recreation, access to nature, and a small and rural community experience unique to northern Ontario.  Larger regional centers are also accessible within a short drive.

We welcome applications from A-EMCA-qualified and A-EMCA-pending Paramedics who are interested in making Algoma their home and establishing a career with Algoma District Paramedic Services.  You may submit your application package at any time throughout the year, even if we do not have a current vacancy.  Our recruitment drives are scheduled on an as-needed basis in response to staffing needs.  Please reach out to our Human Resources Team at hrdepartment@adsab.on.ca or (705) 842-3370, ext. 265 / 254 / 253, to confirm current and upcoming opportunities with our service, as well as deadlines to submit documentation, and to start your application process.

All applications are handled with strict confidentiality and are retained for a period of six months from the date of receipt.

Although COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended, it is not a mandatory requirement for employment with our service.

Financial assistance with relocation expenses is negotiable for successful candidates who relocate and commit to their assigned community in our Western Division.

If you are interested in studying to be a Paramedic, please click here for information on the Province of Ontario’s Learn and Stay Grant Program.

Application Packages

If you wish to be considered for employment as a Paramedic, you must submit a complete application package as outlined below.  Please ensure that all copies are clear and legible.

  • a completed A-EMCA Application Checklist (see below)
  • a current résumé and cover letter identifying the position(s) for which you are applying
  • a summary of your expected availability, if applying for part-time or casual position(s)
  • A-EMCA or EMCA Certificate
  • College Paramedic Diploma (or Ambulance & Emergency Care), if applicable
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • statement of your Base Hospital Certification Status; proof of current certification, if applicable
  • Valid “F” Class driver’s license (front and back)
  • A driver’s record abstract obtained from your local MTO office within the last 3 months
  • A criminal record search obtained from your local police service within the last 3 months
  • A valid CPR Certificate (Basic Rescuer / Level C) issued within the last 12 months
  • Detailed history of MOH&LTC Core Training (if requested)
  • Proof of immunizations/immune status: COVID-19; Tetanus/Diphtheria/Poliomyelitis (vaccination within 10 years); Measles/Mumps/Rubella; Varicella Zoster (vaccination, or titre verifying immunity, or certificate from a Physician verifying previous Chicken Pox infection); Hepatitis B (full course of vaccination, or titre verifying immunity); Hepatitis B booster (if original vaccination was administered >10 yrs. ago)

Ann Chalut, Executive / Human Resources Assistant, (705) 842-3370, Ext. 265

Chantal Laferriere, Human Resources Officer, (705) 842-3370, Ext. 254

Shannon O’Connell-Bell, Manager of Human Resources, (705) 842-3370, Ext. 253

e-mail: hrdepartment@adsab.on.ca

fax: (705) 842-3747

Algoma District Services Administration Board, Human Resources Department
1 Collver Road,
Thessalon, Ontario
P0R 1L0

What’s Next: The Selection and Hiring Process

For information on our Selection and Hiring processes, including: applicant screening, skills testing, interviewing and physical capacity testing see below.

Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant (A-EMCA) Training

Go to the following web site to learn about the requirements for becoming a Paramedic in Ontario, as well information regarding the Ontario A-EMCA examination:

Want to be a Paramedic?

If you are interested in studying to be a Paramedic, please click here for information on the Province of Ontario’s Learn and Stay Grant Program.

Equivalency Process for Out-of-Province/Country Paramedics

Go to the following website for the most current information regarding what is required for out-of-province/country trained paramedics to be eligible for employment in Ontario:

Paramedic Equivalency Process

Notes Regarding Selection Process:

Our Human Resources Department will endeavour to schedule candidates to attend the Pre-employment Evaluation, Employment Interview and Physical Capacity Testing for Paramedics in the same day; however, this may not always be feasible.

Successful completion of these components of the selection process does not guarantee an offer of employment. Several candidates may be evaluated with respect to a specific external posting and employment will be offered to the qualified candidate who best meets the service’s staffing needs.

Selection Process

The selection process for the hiring of Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistants (A-EMCAs), for any position, involves the following steps:

  • review of application packages for completeness (see main recruitment page for requirements)
  • shortlisting of applicants based on qualifications, experience, suitability and availability, in relation to current staffing needs
  • Pre-employment Evaluation with Algoma District Paramedic Services Supervisor at Head Office, Thessalon
  • Employment Interview with Human Resources Department at Head Office, Thessalon
  • Physical Capacity Testing for Paramedics with Back in Motion Physiotherapy, Sault Ste. Marie (Candidates are responsible for the $200.00 fee for this testing.)
  • Reference checks by Human Resources Department
  • Identification of suitable candidates to be recommended for hiring
Pre-employment Evaluation

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and invited to attend a Pre-employment Evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine whether a candidate can demonstrate the following:

  • appropriate patient assessment and treatment through completion of multiple orally simulated clinical evaluations;
  • knowledge and ability with several pieces of patient care equipment consistent with the standards outlined in the MOH&LTC Patient Care Equipment Manual
    Algoma District Paramedic Services Supervisor responsible for Quality Assurance and Staff Development conducts individual Pre-employment Evaluations at our Head Office location. Candidates are advised to review patient care and equipment standards in preparation for this evaluation.

Candidates who successfully complete the Pre-employment Evaluation will advance to the next stage in our recruitment process, the employment interview.

Employment Interview

The Employment Interview is conducted by a Human Resources Administrator.

Candidates who successfully complete the Employment Interview will advance to the next stage in our recruitment process, Physical Capacity Testing for Paramedics.

Physical Capacity Testing for Paramedics

Due to the high physical demands and potential hazards associated with work as a Paramedic, it is necessary to evaluate the physical capacity of candidates to ensure that they are capable of performing this type of work without undue risk of injury to themselves, patients, or their coworkers.

Physical Capacity Testing for Algoma District Paramedic ServicesParamedic candidates is performed by Back in Motion Physiotherapy, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Candidates are responsible for paying a fee of $150.00 to Back in Motion Physiotherapy prior to the administration of this test. This fee is non-refundable and non-reimbursable and is payable by cash, credit card, or debit card. Candidates must consent to the release of their Physical Capacity Testing for Paramedics results to the Algoma District Services Administration Board if they wish to be considered for employment.

The Physical Capacity Testing for Paramedics is approximately one hour in length and requires the candidate to successfully complete the following:

  • informed consent form and Par-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire)
  • baseline physiological measurements: acceptable resting heart rate and blood pressure
  • visual acuity, hearing screening, and pulmonary function tests to required levels
  • musculoskeletal screening test: range of motion, sensory discrimination, power and joint stability to required levels
  • aerobic capacity testing of step mill to VERY HEAVY level (10 METS), 5 minutes, within 85% of age predicted maximum heart rate
  • lifting test: torso lift 110 lbs; leg lift 135 lbs; power lift 145 lbs; shoulder lift 75 lbs; overhead lift 75 lbs; frequent power lift 75 lbs (heart rate <85% age predicted maximum)

Click here for further information on Physical Capacity Testing for Paramedics and contact information for Back in Motion Physiotherapy.

Hiring Candidates:

A candidate who has successfully completed or satisfied all steps of the selection process and who has been identified as the successful candidate to an external posting will be issued a written conditional offer of employment. All offers of employment for Paramedic positions are conditional upon the candidate meeting and maintaining all employability requirements prescribed by the Ambulance Act, including acquiring Base Hospital Program certification.

Application packages will be kept on file for a period of one year following the completion of the selection process for candidates who successfully completed the process and have been identified as suitable candidates, but to whom an offer of employment has not been made.  This period may be extended with the agreement of the Manager of Human Resources and the candidate.  In such circumstances, the candidate may be required to complete all or certain aspects of the selection process if they are to be considered for a future vacancy.  Protection of candidates’ personal information shall be in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Newly hired  Paramedics must serve a probationary period of 1000 regular hours worked.

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