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Mobility of Paramedical Ambulance Technicians

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The intent of the provisions of the Agreement on Internal Trade pertaining to labour mobility is to enable accredited paramedical ambulance technicians to obtain equivalent certification in another province, subject to some exceptions.

Note that the term "paramedical ambulance technician" is the equivalent of "primary care paramedic," which is used in other Canadian provinces.

The Agreement and the Ambulance Sector

Since the end of 2008, the various organizations certifying paramedical ambulance technicians in each Canadian province have been working together to compare the different levels of practice in the field.

Based on this assessment, each province determined what changes were needed in their training of paramedical ambulance technicians in order to standardize skill levels. Each province also developed its own requirements pertaining to their technicians' language proficiency as well as their knowledge about regulatory and legal issues related to prehospital emergency care.

Ambulance technicians in other provinces and territories can be able to apply for recognition in order to practice their profession in Québec in compliance with the procedure described above.

How to submit a request

Paramedical ambulance technicians who are accredited in another province and wish to work in Québec must complete the appropriate recognition request form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Direction adjointe des services préhospitaliers d'urgence of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS).

Direction adjointe des services préhospitaliers d'urgence
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
1075, chemin Sainte-Foy, 9e étage
Québec (Québec) G1S 2M1
418 266-5805
johanne.chretien@msss.gouv.qc.ca

After completing the form, send it to Dr. Colette Lachaîne, national medical director of prehospital emergency services, at the above address.

The following documents must be included with the form:

  1. Birth certificate (original).
  2. Copy of the paramedical permit and/or licence issued by the regulatory organizations of the province of origin. (This proof must be provided by each regulatory organization from the originating jurisdictions.)
  3. Proof of professional recognition in good standing at the time of application, with or without restriction to a specific jurisdiction. This proof must be provided by each regulatory organization from the originating jurisdictions.
  4. Letter(s) issued by the regulatory organization(s) of the province(s) of origin, attesting that the paramedical ambulance technician has a clean disciplinary record for the past two years.
  5. Proof of clinical practice during the last four months (proof provided by the employer).
  6. Canadian police clearance attesting that the technician does not have a criminal record (record check by name and date of birth only). This proof must be delivered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a police department, or an organization mandated for this purpose (e.g. Canadian Corps of Commissionaires) and must include a criminal background check of persons who may work with vulnerable people (e.g.: children, seniors).
  7. Photocopy of the Class 4A driver's license or equivalent recognized by Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec.
  8. Two recent colour photos, passport format.

Once the application has been accepted, the candidate must:

  1. Demonstrate his or her knowledge of French by passing an Office québécois de la langue française language test
  2. Demonstrate his or her knowledge about regulatory and legal issues related to prehospital emergency services through a written examination.
  3. Demonstrate his or her knowledge of local protocols governing the administration of medications as part of prehospital services in Québec and the use of the Combitube during a two-day training course involving both written and practical assessments.

Assessment exams will be held every three months. Fees of $100 per day of clinical training will be charged. These fees must be paid before the training begins.

Only the candidates who pass these assessments and provide the set of required documents could be authorized to work as paramedical ambulance technicians in Québec.

Obtaining a paramedical ambulance technician card does not guarantee a job in Québec. Some ambulance employers may use hiring exams for selection of their new employees. It is the candidates' responsibility to contact the potential ambulance service employers in the region where they want to work in order to validate their needs for new employees and the applicable salary scale.

All questions about this procedure may be addressed to:

Direction adjointe des services préhospitaliers d'urgence
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
1075, chemin Sainte-Foy, 9e étage
Québec (Québec) G1S 2M1
418 266-5805
johanne.chretien@msss.gouv.qc.ca

Relevant Information and Useful Links

Agreement on Internal Trade This link will open in a new window.

Criminal Record Check

Class 4A driver's license

Assessment of knowledge of the French language

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