In order to transfer to B.C. as an Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA), you must be licensed or registered as an EMA or equivalent in your current jurisdiction. The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board does not accept applications from applicants transferring to B.C. based on training, employment and/or examinations only.
If you hold a valid Emergency Medical Assistant licence in one or more province of Canada, you can get a licence in B.C.. The following links show which endorsements apply to each licence category:
- Emergency Medical Responder (PDF, 189.3KB) - you are licensed as an EMR, Technician, EMR II, Paramedic 1 or 2 or a Primary Care Paramedic equivalent in Canada.
- Primary Care Paramedic (PDF, 265.4KB) - you are licensed as a PCP, EMT, Technician P, AEMCA, EMT or EMT II in Canada.
- Advanced Care Paramedic/Critical Care Paramedic (PDF, 182.2KB) - you are licensed as an ACP, CCP or an EMT-P in Canada.
Please Note: Not all licence levels will transfer to B.C. with all the endorsements listed in Schedule 2 of the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation. Please see Endorsement Applications for more information on how to get an endorsement.
Applying for a Licence in British Columbia
To apply for a licence in B.C., follow these steps:
- Complete Section A of the COPR Labour Mobility form (PDF, 288KB) for each province you are currently and/or previously registered in and send it to your regulating body(s). The regulating body(s) will complete Section B and send it directly to our office.
- Ontario Applicants - Applicants that are not currently certified through a base hospital are not eligible for licensure in B.C.. The COPR labour mobility form must be completed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Complete and electronically submit the Application for Licence form.
- Please ensure you review the Applicant Guide to the B.C. Jurisprudence Examination.
Once our office has received all of your documentation, you will be advised of your eligibility for licensing in B.C. and your exam requirements.
If you are licensed or registered outside of Canada and want to get an Emergency Medical Assistant licence in B.C., you must have your training and experience assessed.
Primary Care Paramedics (PCPs) and Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs)
PCPs and ACPs are required to undergo a credentials assessment through the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR). To begin the assessment process please go to the COPR website.
Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) and Critical Care Paramedics (CCPs)
EMRs and CCPs should contact the Branch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information on the assessment process.
Once your assessment is complete, we will advise you of your eligibility for licensing in B.C. including any exam requirements and application requirements.
Note: There are fees associated with the licensing process when a written and/or practical exam is required.
Transferring from B.C.
To transfer from B.C. to another jurisdiction, you will need to verify your B.C. registration. The verification process is as follows:
- Get the COPR Labour Mobility form from the jurisdiction you want to transfer to.
- Complete Section A of the form and send by email to email@example.com.
Note: You can mail the original to our office if the jurisdiction you want to transfer to requires an original.
- Our office will fill out Section B of the COPR Labour Mobility form and then mail the form directly to the regulating body of that jurisdiction.
Canadian Emergency Medical Assistant Regulators
- Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR)
- Alberta: Alberta College of Paramedics
- Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan College of Paramedics
- Manitoba: Manitoba Health
- Ontario: Ontario Emergency Health Service Branch
- Quebec: Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Health and Community Services
- New Brunswick: Paramedic Association
- PEI: Health and Wellness
- Nova Scotia: College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia