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Reference Material

Paramedic Training and Education References

The reference materials below may be helpful in your studies and in preparing you for taking the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care certification examinations and Paramedic Equivalency Qualifying Evaluations. Individuals considering a career in paramedicine should contact one of the training colleges or institutions to determine their required course texts.

Ontario Ministry of Health Basic Life Support (BLS) Patient Care Standards
(Version 2.0) January, 2007

The BLS Patient Care Standards is used by all Ontario paramedics as the standard reference for the delivery of patient care. The standards set out a logical ordering for all of the inter-related activities and practices necessary to effective deliver pre-hospital emergency patient care, activities which start with the paramedicís initial contact with a patient and continue throughout patientís encounter with the ambulance system.

This standard provides updated clinical information and improved medical practice standards along with updated paramedic protocols that have been introduced since the last publication in 1999, e.g., the Canadian Triage Acuity Scale used by paramedics and hospitals to identify a patientís degree of distress, new cardiopulmonary resuscitation protocols. Approximately 6,600 Ontario paramedics are governed by the revised BLS standards and these standards continue to form the basis for the entry-to-practice primary care paramedic training curriculum offered at approved provincial colleges and training institutions.

The Basic Life Support Patient Care Standards (Version 2.0) is available in PDF format as a download, as well as in hard-copy and CD-ROM formats from :

Publications Ontario
Tel: 1-800-668-9938 or (416) 327-5300
Fax: (613) 556-2234
TTY: 1-800-268-7095

ISBN: 1-4249-2122-8 (print)
ISBN: 1-4249-2124-4 (CD-ROM)

Document download
Basic Life Support Patient Care Standards (Version 2.0)
293 pages | 2.5 Mb | PDF
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Patient Care Standards (Version 3.0)
199 pages | 946 Kb | PDF
Prehospital Emergency Care Syllabus
197 pages | 2.7 Mb | PDF
Quick Connect Spinal Immobilization System, Provider Handout
10 pages | 61 Kb | PDF
IV Monitoring Program, Provider Guide
39 pages | 827 Kb | PDF
Regional Training Coordinators (RTC) List
English | French
1 page | 12 Kb | PDF
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Web References

The following are available on the e-Laws website :

  • Ambulance Act & Regulations
  • Health Care Consent Act
  • Regulated Health Professions Act
  • Child & Family Service Act
  • Coroner's Act
  • Health Protection & Promotion Act
  • Highway Traffic Act
  • Mental Health Act
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act

Hard copies of these Acts may also be available from :

Publications Ontario
880 Bay Street
Toronto ON M7A 1N8
Phone : (416) 326-5320

For more information

Emergency Health Services Branch
5700 Yonge Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
Canada     M2M 4K5

Tel : 1-800-461-6431 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
Fax : 416-327-7911
Email :

Call the ministry INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
TTY 1-800-387-5559
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm
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