Become a Paramedic in Nova Scotia - FAQ

1. How long does it take to get a full time job?

This depends on a number of criteria such as location, movement and creation of vacancies within the bargaining unit.  If a person is successful in the application process and becomes an employee with EMC, we provide tips on how to promote yourself for advancement to a permanent position. 

2. If I am successful in the hiring process and I begin as a casual employee, what does that mean to me? 

Casual employment is on an on-call basis.  Frequently, casual employees have an opportunity to work close to, if not equivalent to, full time hours.  Hours can vary according to staffing requirements and time of year, and are not guaranteed hours. 

If a person becomes an employee with EMC and interested in attaining full time employment - you can then apply to term, part-time and full-time bargaining unit positions that get posted internally on a weekly basis.

Casual employees are not part of the union unless the employee attains a bargaining unit position.

3. How do I know where I want to work?

The Province is geographically divided by Regions and each Region has staff bases (or sites) located throughout communities in Nova Scotia.   To find out more information on a location that may be of interest to you, please visit the Government of Nova Scotia’s About Nova Scotia website or Department of Tourism, Heritage & Culture website

Click here to view where all the bases (or sites) are located throughout Nova Scotia.

If you’re applying for a ground ambulance position as a PCP/ACP, when submitting your employment application requirements - be sure to include your top three preferred areas you’d like to work in Nova Scotia and we will make every attempt to accommodate you based on operational requirements and availability for that time of year.

4. What are the shifts?

Typical shifts can be 12 or 24 hours and the shift times vary from site to site.  A typical full time schedule for a 12 hour site would be 2 days, 2 nights, 4 off.

5. What should I expect during orientation and what does my availability need to be?

This includes applicable corporate “in-class” orientation, vehicle safety program training/local driving, and site/clinical orientation.  Once an individual has successfully completed all sections of orientation,  they will then be ready to accept calls to work shifts.  We can accommodate most orientation components within a three-four week timeframe.

6. What is covered for casual employees?

Casuals are paid the applicable hourly rate plus 4 % in lieu of vacation.   While casual employees are not covered by the collective agreement provisions for full and part paramedics, there are many company provisions available to casual employees at no cost such as uniforms, on-going training, Employees & Family Assistance Program, WCB, staff events, etc.

7. Do I get paid for orientation?

Yes, you are paid on an hourly basis for any required orientation hours.

8.  What are the requirements for the P-PAT?  What if I don’t pass? 

If you don’t pass the physical abilities test on the first attempt, you can reschedule a second test appointment.  You will be responsible to pay for the cost of the test for each appointment.   The P-PAT is a mandatory hiring requirement, and must be passed successfully prior to being invited to one of our orientations.  


9. Where is the Communications Centre located?

The Medical Communications Centre is located in the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth.

10. Where is the LifeFlight Base located?

Lifeflight has a hangar at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.


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