Ontario Fire Administration Inc.

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. established a uniform and standardized candidate testing process for all career firefighters in municipal jurisdictions in the province of Ontario that has been validated and applied specifically to the performance of job applicants to firefighter jobs within the province of Ontario.

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OFAI Candidate Testing Services

The Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services (CTS) consists of six (6) steps.

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Challenge.Teamwork. Technology.Great People. Public Service.

Becoming a firefighter is one of the most challenging, fast-paced and rewarding professions available, and it might be just what you have been seeking for in a career!

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Challenge.Teamwork. Technology.Great People. Public Service.

Becoming a firefighter is one of the most challenging, fast-paced and rewarding professions available, and it might be just what you have been seeking for in a career!

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Candidate Information

Information on becoming a firefighter in the province of Ontario.  Outlined in this section includes the role of a firefighter, minimum requirements to become a career firefighter, resume guidance, education, training and more.

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Candidate Testing

Learn more about the OFAI Candidate Testing process and find details on each of our assessments.

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Registration Info

Learn about our registration process and how you can register. Take the self-assessment questionnaire. Learn about our policies.

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Important News & Events


The OFAI office is closed on Friday November 27th and will re-open on Monday November 30th

November 13, 2020 Encapsulated Treadmill Update

The Encapsulated Treadmill is now available to book on the Testing Calendar with limited spaces

Please do not book this unless you have passed your Stage One and Two Hearing, you are renewing or re-testing. In order to ensure the health and safety of candidates and our evaluation team we are only running at half of or normal capacity. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Testing is available as always on a first come, first served basis.


Barrie Fire & Emergency Service Recruitment Information Session

DATE: Thursday, October 22, 2020
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Virtual (Zoom)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 4:00 p.m.  CLOSED

Please complete the following registration information.

October 7, 2020 - Firefighter, City of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services

Recruitment Period: October 7, 2020 to October 28, 2020 CLOSED

September 28, 2020 - UPDATE ON TESTING

UPDATE - all Candidates that had a Encapsulated Treadmill booked in July and August have now been contacted by phone or email.  If you have not responded to the email please do so by October 30th or call the office!

Please note that starting October 4, 2020, and on a limited basis, OFAI will start to slowly resume our Stage Two Encapsulated Treadmill Test.  There is a significant backlog for this assessment, and we will be contacting those candidates who booked in July, to reschedule those appointments before opening the assessment on our testing calendar. Those candidates will receive a call or email form from our office to reschedule.  We will be booking by order placed.  Please be patient as we are still working on a limited capacity. It is anticipated that the backlog won't be cleared until November.  We are not taking a waiting list at this time.  As more information becomes available, we will post on our website. 

September 28, 2020: Fire Fighter, 5th Class, City of Barrie

Recruitment Period: September 28, 2020 to October 26, 2020 - Date Extended
Please read pre-amble on the job posting before contacting OFAI or the City of Barrie 

September 9, 2020: Fire Fighter - Probationer - The City of Oshawa
Recruitment Period: CLOSED

August 21, 2020 - Update on testing.

Please note that the Stage Two Encapsulated Treadmill Test is currently still suspended as of August 21, 2020.  Our Kinesiologist and management team is working on the revised protocols, to ensure the health and safety of candidates and the evaluation team in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will provide a further update in the coming week.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. 

August 21, 2020 - City of Waterloo Probationary Firefighter(s)
Recruitment Period: August 20 to September 3, 2020 - CLOSED
Please ensure you read all of the requirements pertaining to your OFAI certificates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note that this posting is updated from earlier today.

Note:  The City of Oshawa will be recruiting in September. More information coming soon.

July 22, 2020 - Update to the CTS Program 

Please note that we have suspended Stage Two - Encapsulated Treadmill Test.  The Stage Three Firefighter Physical Aptitude Test will commence on August 8, 2020.  All candidates booked have been sent an email outlining this interuption. 

July 7, 2020 - OFAI Re-Opening

We will be resuming our candidate testing program, on a limited basis, on weekends only, starting on July 18.  You will be able to book testing on our website, starting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 after 9:00am.  The administration office will re-open on Thursday, July 9, 2020.  Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, testing will be opening on a gradual basis.  Testing is available on a first come, first served basis.  There will be no re-scheduling and we have a strict cancellation policy.  All candidates booking testing will be required to complete the OFAI Mandatory COVID-19 Screening and Declaration Form upon registration.  Additional details will be posted on our website shortly.  To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, please join our email mailing list by signing up here: http://eepurl.com/bjziVX

May 20, 2020 - City of St. Thomas Fire Department Probationary Firefighter Recruitment - CLOSED
Recruitment Period: May 20 to May 28, 2020.

May 11, 2020 - Update

Please note that the OFAI remains closed, as per the provincial restrictions.  As restrictions are lifted, we will be working with the testing facility on our re-opening procedure to ensure the safety of our candidates and evaluation staff.  All candidates will be notified by email on updates to our re-opening plan.  If you do not receive our emails, you can sign up by completing the form here: http://eepurl.com/bjziVX.

Many questions have been emailed regarding the extension of candidate certificates. The OFAI will not be extending any certificates. It will be up to individual municipal fire services to grant leniency on expiration dates, in which the OFAI has recommended. 


Municipal Partners

City of Toronto-Toronto Fire Services

City of Kitchener-Kitchener Fire Department

City of North Bay-North Bay Fire & Emergency Services

GTAA Fire & Emergency Services

City of Peterborough-Peterborough Fire Services

City of Brampton-Brampton Fire & Emergency Services

City of Barrie-Barrie Fire & Emergency Services

City of Guelph-Guelph Fire Department

City of Cambridge-Cambridge Fire Department

City of Woodstock-Woodstock Fire & Rescue

City of Stratford-Stratford Fire Department

Town of Oakville-Oakville Fire Department


Town of East Gwillimbury-East Gwillimbury Emergency Services

Town of Midland-Midland Fire Department

Town of Greater Napanee-Greater Napanee Fire Services

City of Mississauga-Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services


City of Owen Sound-Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services

City of Quinte West-Quinte West Fire & Rescue


Town of Caledon-Caledon Fire & Emergency Services

Central York Fire Services

City of Waterloo-Waterloo Fire & Rescue

City of Pickering-Pickering Fire Services

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Fire Department

City of Markham-
Markham Fire and Emergency Services

Township of Scugog-
Scugog Fire Service

City of Sarnia-
Sarnia Fire Rescue

City of Oshawa-
Oshawa Fire Services

Municipality of Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services

City of St. Thomas
Fire Department

Township of Springwater-Fire and Emergency Services



Loyalist Township-Loyalist Township Emergency Services

Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury-Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire & Emergency Services        




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