In order to transfer to British Columbia (BC) 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 BC based on training, employment and/or examinations only.
All out of province applicants applying to BC that have a lapse in practice will be assessed under the Out of Province Assessment Policy and examinations/training may be required in order to be eligible for BC licensure.
If you hold a valid Emergency Medical Assistant licence in one or more province of Canada, you can get a licence in BC.
Please Note: Not all licence levels will transfer to BC with all the endorsements listed in Schedule 2 of the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation. Please see the endorsement/restriction section on the Training Programs for Students page for more information on how to get an endorsement.
Applying for a Licence in BC
To apply for a licence in BC, follow these steps:
- Complete and electronically submit the Request for Evaluation form.
- Complete the EMA Professional Experience Record (online submission)
- Submit a copy of your program certificate or transcript.
- 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 will be assessed under the Out of Province Assessment Policy (examinations/training may be required).
- The COPR Labour Mobility form must be completed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Please ensure you review the Applicant Guide to the BC Jurisprudence Examination.
Once our office has received all of your documentation, you will be advised of your eligibility for licensing in BC and your exam requirements.
If you are licensed or registered outside of Canada and want to get an Emergency Medical Assistant licence in BC, 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 email@example.com to receive information on the assessment process.
Once your assessment is complete, we will advise you of your eligibility for licensing in BC 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 BC
To transfer from BC to another jurisdiction, you will need to verify your BC 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: College of Paramedics of Manitoba
- 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
- Prince Edward Island: Health and Wellness
- Nova Scotia: College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia