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About paramedics

Paramedics administer pre-hospital care to patients with injuries or medical illnesses and transport them to hospitals or other medical facilities for further medical care.

Paramedics are employed by private ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments, government departments and agencies, manufacturing firms, mining companies and other private-sector establishments.

CIHI collects high-level, standardized information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. This includes information on their supply, distribution, demographics and regulatory environment. To find out more about CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

Learn more about paramedics in our recent release on Canada’s health care providers.