About the Ottawa Paramedic Service

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Who we are

The Ottawa Paramedic Service delivers medical treatment for life-threatening medical emergencies including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory and traumatic injuries and covers an area of 2,796 sq. km.

Ottawa's highly trained paramedics form an integral part of the City's emergency preparedness team and are the sole medically certified providers of out-of-hospital medical treatment. 

The Ottawa Paramedic Service is committed to providing residents of Ottawa with the knowledge and skills to prevent injuries and handle emergency situations.

Ottawa Paramedic Service video

Take a look at what our activities look like year round, 24/7. Please note this video was produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visual: Two paramedics are sitting in an ambulance.

Ottawa Paramedic Service

Visual: The word welcome appears on the screen in multiple languages.

Visual: an ambulance arrives at the scene of a collision between two vehicles.

Over 650 employees.

Visual: a paramedic assists an individual (patient) who was in a car accident, now receiving treatment comfortably installed on a stretcher.

Over 450 paramedics.

Visual: Firefighters and paramedics attend the scene.

Over 145,000 calls per year.

Visual: Two paramedics load the patient into the back of a paramedic unit.

Visual: An Equipment Supply Technician closes the paramedic unit door.

Over 45 equipment supply technicians.

Visual: A technician checks supplies within the paramedic unit.

Process over 120 vehicles per day.

Visual: A technician puts supplies into a bag.

Visual: A paramedic is conducting a first aid course.

Over 650 first aid classes per year.

Visual: Two paramedics in full protective gear.

4 special teams.

Visual: Paramedic staff work in a large room with computers and large screens.

Visual: A paramedic staff member types on a keyboard in front of multiple screens.

Over 500 calls per day.

Visual: A paramedic staff member answers a call.

Visual: A group photo of paramedics in uniform. A 2SLGBTQ+ rainbow graphic appears on the screen.

Positive space. This is a positive space that welcomes everyone.

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Your health information

Personal health information is collected to help provide you with care and service by Paramedics and other health care providers (e.g. at receiving facility) or to process payments for health related services.

This includes:

  • Your name, address, date of birth, and Ontario health card number
  • Facts about your health, health care history and the health care you have been provided.

Your information is used for administration, quality assurance programs, and regulatory compliance requirements and is compiled into an aggregate form and may be used for research, strategic planning and management decision-making purposes.

Your information is used with your consent to respond appropriately to your health care needs. If you are unable or incapable of providing information, it may be collected from others in order to assess your needs.

Under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), you have the right to withdraw or limit this consent which protects your information from further use or disclosure, but may affect the provision of health care.

Access and disclosure of your personal health information

You have the right to access your personal health information and receive a copy of your personal health record (i.e. ambulance call report), subject to limited exceptions as set out in PHIPA.

Requests can be made by completing an Authorization to Disclose Personal Information form and mailing it to the address below.

Please allow 10 business days to process your request. Documentation will be released via secure file transfer or registered mail if access to a computer is unavailable.

Further Inquires and Contact Information

If you would like to know more about how your personal health information is collected, used, maintained and disclosed, or if you have a concern/complaint about access to your personal health information please contact:

Professional Standards
Ottawa Paramedic Service
2465 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, ON K1H 1E2
phone: 613-580-2424 ext. 22475


You also have the right to request correction of a record if it is incomplete or inaccurate.

Your personal health information is kept private, unless the Ottawa Paramedic Service is required to disclose any details for law enforcement purposes, or specifically authorized under PHIPA to share it with others. Personal health information is not released without your written consent.

Medical coverage for special events

If organizing a special event and require paid-duty paramedics for medical coverage, please send an email detailing the date, time, locations and duration of the special event as well as the estimated number of attendees to specialeventsparamed@ottawa.ca.

Prevention and Awareness

Paramedics make presentations at schools or community groups in order to inform and educate students and residents about injury and illness prevention. If you would like paramedics to attend your school or community group meeting, please send an email to paramedicpublicrelations@ottawa.ca with date, time, location and duration of event.