OFAI Stage One Testing in Ottawa

OFAI Stage One: Firefighter Aptitude and Character Test is now a requirement to apply to Ottawa Fire Service.

Please click here for more information on our Stage One assessment.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Stage One is the only OFAI requirement for the City of Ottawa at this time. Please visit the City of Ottawa firefighter recruitment page for more information. 

We will be offering a series of Stage One sessions in Ottawa during the months of October, November and December. These sessions will be hosted at the following location.

Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Ave,
Nepean, ON
K2G 1W2

The dates for the Stage One sessions are as follows:

Friday October 29 & Saturday October 30, 2021
Friday November 19 & Saturday November 20, 2021
Friday December 17 & Saturday December 18, 2021 (Please Note: The Stage One test will be offered in French during one session in December. Please watch this page for updates.)

You can find more information on these testing dates, including session times, by visiting our testing calendar . Session dates will be added to the calendar and will be available for booking approximately one month prior to the specified date above.

Please review important information below regarding COVID-19 and proof of vaccination in the City of Ottawa.

As of September 22, 2021, you must present proof you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter an indoor recreation facility for most activities, as mandated by provincial regulations.

Required proof

Electronic or hard copy of your vaccination receipt confirming you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine at least 14 days prior.

Valid identification that shows name and date of birth and has been issued by an institution or public body. Photo identification is not required and the identification does not need to be government-issued.


  • Those with a medical exemption from a doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • Age 11 and under
  • Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 participating in organized sports. However, this youth age group will require proof of vaccination for recreational swims, public skating, use of a cardio and weight room or attending an activity or sporting event as a spectator.

COVID-19 safety measures at City facilities

  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following safety measures are in place at City facilities:
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is required at all times for all users not living in the same household or in their social circle.
  • Plexiglass shields installed at customer service desks to protect workers and users.
  • Directional signage to manage traffic flow.
  • Room capacities have been reduced to accommodate social distancing requirements.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are available and frequent handwashing is encouraged.

Clients will need to conduct a health screening and assumption of risk upon arrival at the facility.

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been implemented.
  • Air dryer use, including personal dryers, are not permitted at indoor facilities and change rooms to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • All participants/volunteers/staff must wear masks during outdoor recreation programs except when actively engaged in athletic or physical activity.

Wearing a mask in City facilities

  • Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces, including when entering the facility, in common areas, lobbies, washrooms, change rooms and hallways, as mandated by province-wide masking regulations
  • We require that all clients wear masks. Only the following programs, activities and individuals are exempt from the mask requirement:
    • Children under the age of 5 years chronologically or developmentally, who refuses to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
    • Individuals with medical conditions or disabilities rendering them unable to safely wear a mask.
    • Individuals who are unable to put on or remove their mask without assistance.

Those who are exempt need to let staff know at the entrance during the screening process and let us know how they meet one of the exceptions listed above. They may be asked to use a face shield if their circumstance allows.

Please click here for more detailed information regarding proof of vaccination and COViD-19 safety measures for the City of Ottawa.


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