Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch

The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch provides administrative support to the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board by:

  • reviewing  training programs;
  • administering examinations;
  • issuing and renewing licences;
  • ensuring continuing competence requirements are met;
  • managing complaint files; and
  • developing and implementing policy on behalf of the board.

The branch is the main contact for emergency medical assistants, employers or the public looking for information about licensing requirements, licence status, and complaints about emergency medical assistants.

The branch is led by the director, also referred to as the registrar. All branch staff are employees of the Ministry of Health, and branch funding is provided by the ministry.


As of September 9, 2020, there are 15,589 licensed EMAs in British Columbia.

Licensee Category Number of Licensees
Critical Care Paramedic 113
Advanced Care Paramedic 607
Infant Transport Team Paramedic 25
Primary Care Paramedic 4,303
Emergency Medical Responder 2,359
First Responder 8,182
Total Licensees 15,589


Legislation and Regulations

The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board and the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch operate under the following legislation and regulations:

Section 11.1 of the Emergency Health Services Act relates to emergency medical assistants' obligations regarding advance directives. For more information, please read the EMA Special Bulletin (PDF, 525KB) on advance directives.

Other legislation and regulations that affect emergency medical assistant practice include: