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


Please note the OFAI Administration office will be closed Monday May 23, 2022 for Victoria Day. We will re-open on Tuesday May 24, 2022 at 8:30AM. 

Starting March 21, 2022, OFAI will require all CTS candidates testing on-site at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.We will no longer accept a negative COVID-19 molecular test (PCR, RT-PCR, NAAT, LAMP) result in place of full vaccination. Click here for more information. 

May 3, 2022 -- OFAI will be holding the Stage One: Firefighter Aptitude and Character Test  in Ottawa May 27 & 28, 2022. Stage One is a requirement to apply to Ottawa Fire Service and is the only OFAI requirement for the City of Ottawa at this time. Click here to register. 

May 18, 2022-Today we have added June 21,22,23 to the testing calendar.

We will be adding the remainder of the June schedule in small increments. We hope that this will mitigate any booking issues and provide a wider opportunity for candidates to book.  

We are currently waiting on a new Swim test date - please check back daily.. Click here for more information on the Swim Test.

Please DO NOT book your re-tests early - wait for the appropriate date to appear on the calendar!

Please do not book the Treadmill and Stage Three on the same day.  Additionally, if you have one of these tests booked already, please do not double book  - orders will be cancelled and charged a $25 fee.

Currently, there is NO re-scheduling - please make sure you have chosen the correct date.

Due to some increases in our testing capacity, we are no longer keeping a cancellation list for OFAI asesessments. Please visit our testing calendar for available dates. 

Current Recruitments

May 16, 2022-Town of Caledon -  Firefighter
Recruitment  Period: May 16, 2022-June 14, 2022 

May 13, 2022-City of Kitchener-Probationary Firefighter
Recruitment Period: May 13, 2022-May 25, 2022

May 12, 2022-City of Stratford-Firefighter
Recruitment Period: May 12, 2022-June 10, 2022 at 4:30PM

May 4, 2022-Town of East Gwillimbury-Paid-on-Call Firefighters
Recruitment Period: May 4, 2022-July 31, 2022

May 4, 2022-City of Pickering-Probationary Firefighter
Recruitment period: May 4, 2022-May 20, 2022

April 12, 2022-City of Woodstock-Probationary Firefighter-CLOSED 
Recruitment period: April 8, 2022-May 9, 2022 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 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

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




City of Brockville-Fire Department

City of Vaughan-Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service City of Welland-Welland Fire and Emergency Services       




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