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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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

July 22, 2020 - Update to the CTS Program 

Please note that we have suspended Stage Two - Encapsulated Treadmill Test and Stage Three Firefighter Physical Aptitude Test.  All candidates booked have been sent an email outlining this interuption. Please read the full announcment here: OFAI Testing Interuption Notice

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. 

April 9, 2020

Please Note: The OFAI Administration office is closed effective immediately due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


In light of the recent announcement made by Ontario Premier Ford regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, the OFAI Administration office will be closing effective immediately

You will not be able to book any testing during the closure, and phone calls made to the Administration office will not be answered. We will be monitoring the info@ofai.ca intermittently, but please note that only emails of an urgent nature will be replied to.

If you have testing booked for April or May 2020, your assessment is cancelled. We will notify all candidates by email, when staff become available. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a rapidly evolving situation so at this time it is unclear when will re-open. We will provide further communication as soon as this information becomes

March 13, 2020

Please Note: OFAI testing is cancelled effective immediately due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It is out of an abundance of caution, and for the safety and well-being of our candidates and the OFAI evaluation team, that all OFAI testing is hereby cancelled effective immediately due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, we are unclear when testing will resume, however, further communication will be provided once new information becomes available. If you currently have testing booked over the next few weeks, please be assured that the Administration office will work with you to reschedule your assessment. You will not lose your testing fees. However, we do ask that you do not contact our office to reschedule. Additionally, please do not purchase a duplicate assessment on our testing calendar.

February 4, 2020-Town of Caledon-Firefighter-CLOSED 
Recruitment Period: February 4, 2020-February 24, 2020

January 31, 2020-City of Markham-Probationary Firefighter -CLOSED
Recruitment Period: January 31, 2020-February 21, 2020

January 23, 2020-Town of Oakville-Probationary Fire Fighter -CLOSED 
Recruitment Period: January 23, 2020-February 4, 2020 at 4:00PM

January 15, 2020-City of Oshawa-Firefighter Probationer-CLOSED
Recruitment Period: January 15, 2020-January 27, 2020 at 4:30PM

Recruitment Period: January 6, 2020-January 31, 2020
Recruitment Period: December 4, 2019-January 31, 2020 at 4:00PM.

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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