EMT Job Canada



The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Job Canada  requires working in very stressful and physically demanding conditions. The medicial technicians are most often the first medical responders on the emergency or accident scene. The average work week is 35 hours a week, but many do work overtime.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) job Canada changes depending on the location of where they are employed. In most Canadian provinces those working in  public service departments such as police and fire departments are on call for extended periods of time.  The EMT  is also called Emergency Medical Responder or EMR in Canada.  The role that is most equivalent in the U.S. to the EMR who works in an Ambulance is the Paramedic. 

For the most part, people depend on the Emergency Medical Technicians or Responder to save their lives or the life of a loved one. An EMR that has additional training can move into higher level positions with the opportunity to make more money and perform more difficult medical procedures. Emergency Medical Technicians care for the sick as well as provide transportation to hospitals and other medical facilities for various reasons.

Working Conditions
The EMR or EMT Canada work in diverse settings. They are often exposed to similar issues as other public service workers, such as firefighters and police officers.

The majority work out of an ambulance or other vehicle designed to provide emergency trauma aid. They are often outdoors in all types of weather and at all times of the day.  Frequently they are required to lift people, assist in emergency vehicle extractions, and may be exposed to hazardous conditions. 

Since they are often the first to arrive to the site of a traumatic crash or other emergency they are frequently exposed to traumatic scenes and emotionally disturbing situations. 
 
Training and Qualifications
Training to become a basic EMT may require a vocational course of approximately 16 weeks.  For the most part, as with any advancement, each level of advancement for EMTS requires more training. A typical program lasts approximately 2 years.  Furthermore, additional courses in science, math and statistics may be required to obtain an associates degree.  

Licensing and Credentials
EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) job Canada positions are regulated in each and every Canadian province, but not necessarily in individual Canadian Territories. The Provincial Department of Health regulates EMTs when they are not governed by a regulatory body.

The NOCP (National Occupational Competency Profile) and the CMA (Canadian Medical Association) not only define positions, but also set the national standards for these positions.

The successful candidate  must have:
Completed an approved Emergency Medical Technology program with a variety of courses in emergency medicine and health care.
Completed a supervised EMT practicum experience.
Received an EMT license from a regulatory body.
Obtained an additional driver’s license for operating an emergency vehicle such as an ambulance.

Advancement
The majority of EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are employed in both provinces and territories across Canada.  More often than not, their wages are tied to their training and the job description.  As with many other positions, EMTs have the opportunity to advance and make more money by advancing their education and with additional training. This usually means becoming a paramedic or advanced life support EMT.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system.  This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.