OFAI 's Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Protocols/Policies

Anyone booking testing at Ontario Fire Administration Inc. MUST read our COVID-19 screening protocols and policies.

All candidates must review OFAI’s COVID-19 screening protocols and policies prior to booking your testing through the online testing calendar. You understand that failure to comply with OFAI’S COVID-19 screening protocols and policies could result in a cancelled test and that falsifying any information regarding our COVID-19 testing protocols could result in your expulsion from the OFAI Candidate Testing Program.   

Booking process:

  1. You must review Ontario Fire Administration Inc. COVID-19 policies.

  2. Book your assessment online at www.ofai.ca.   

  3. You must pre-screen prior to your arrival at the test facility by completing the self-assessment here https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

  4. You must also pass our onsite screening before you can do your assessment with us. 

A virus known as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. The severity of this illness can vary from person to person. COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can appear in a few days or up to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. For some people, the symptoms are like having a cold; for others they may be severe or life-threatening. The virus is transmitted via droplets during close, unprotected contact with an infected person, or by touching an infected surface and then the mouth, nose, or eyes.

Symptoms of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe.

The most common symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat and runny nose.  Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure and, in some cases, death. If you have any of these symptoms, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TEST WITH OFAI. If you begin to feel symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate immediately and take a self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care. Only call 911 if it is an emergency.

COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

There are things you should do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus that causes the disease.

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health: wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, sneeze and cough into your sleeve, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, stay home if you are sick.

Everyone must practice physical distancing to reduce exposure to other people — this means staying at least two metres away from anyone. You are required to use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 while at the test facility.

All candidates must pre-screen/self-assess prior to your arrival at the test facility.  The self-assessment/screening can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ . You will also be required to complete screening prior to entering the testing facility. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious health threat to everyone globally.  We take the health and safety of all candidates and evaluation staff seriously.  It is your responsibility to ensure you are healthy prior to testing.  Falsifying any information related to our COVID-19 policies could result in your expulsion from the OFAI Candidate Testing Program.   

COVID-19 Screening Questions 

Please note that all candidates must be able to clearly answer "NO" to the following screening questions.  If your answer is "YES" to any of the questions on this page, you are not cleared to proceed with booking your assessment and you must contact the OFAI Administration office at 905-426-6756 for more information.

  1. Do you have one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms below?
    New, worsening, and not related to other known causes or conditions you already have.
  • fever and/or chills
  • cough or barking cough (croup)
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • difficulty swallowing
  • decrease or loss of smell or taste
  • runny or stuffy/congested nose
  • headache
  • nausea/vomiting, diarrhea
  • muscle aches
  • extreme tiredness
  • pink eye (for adults)
  • stomach pain (for adults)
  • falling down often (for older adults)
  1. Has a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home)?
  2. Have you been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  3.  Have you or anyone you live with traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  4. Have you or anyone you live with travelled outside of the province of Ontario in the last 14 days?
  5. Is anyone you live with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms?

COVID-19 Policies at Testing Facility

Due to COVID-19, admittance into the test facility has changed. You are now required to follow the procedure below: 

  1. Upon arrival, there will be a board located outside of the main doors at the test facility (FESTI) with a QR code. QR codes are square barcodes (two-dimensional barcodes) that provides or stores information in a machine-readable optical label. The data contained by a QR code can be anything from simple text to website links, to contact information and more.  QR codes, are scanned using the camera on any smart device.

  2. Scan the QR code with you smart device.  If you do not have a smart device, there will be an indicated button outside the main doors for you to press for further assistance. 

  3. Once the QR code is scanned, it will prompt you to open a website that contains a questionnaire. This must be completed in order to proceed with testing. Please return to your vehicle to complete these questions or, if you do not have a vehicle, find a safe location outside the facility.

  4. Complete the entire questionnaire, including the digital COVID-19 screening form. We also collect your phone number to assist with contacting you at the facility that day, and for the purpose of contact tracing. 

  5. Once the questionnaire is completed, you will be directed to remain in your vehicle (or outside location) to await further instructions from a CTS team member regarding your testing procedure.

  6. Please have a copy of your testing receipt from our office with you. Your OFAI receipt contains a barcode that is applicable to you which you will need after the above steps. A digital or printed copy is fine.

It is your responsibility to ensure you are healthy prior to testing. Should you say "yes" to any of the COVID-19 questions, you will NOT be permitted to test that day. The test facility will advise the OFAI offices in this case and you will be require to contact us for next steps. Falsifying information on our COVID-19 testing protocols could result in your expulsion from the OFAI Candidate Testing Program. There are no exemptions or exceptions to this policy.

In addition to the aforementioned screening measures, these are additional COVID-19 protocols in place for OFAI testing. 

  • Candidates must provide your own mask, and wear it properly (good fit that covers the nose and mouth) at all times at the test facility unless otherwise directed by the evaluation team for reasons related to testing i.e. donning SCBA/V02 mask.
  • In addition to passing the COVID-19 screening form, candidates are required to undergo a temperature check prior to being admitted into the test facility.
  • Candidates must maintain physical distancing, which means staying at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away, from all others candidates at the test facility.
  • Candidates are required to follow the entry and exit points accordingly at the test facility, and as directed by the evaluation team.




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