Firefighter hiring process

Step 1: Submitting your application

  • Firefighter Recruitment FAQ's
  • View our job posting at
  • Click Apply and create a candidate profile (if you are new visitor) or login (if you are a returning visitor).
  • Upload your resume/cover letter and answer job application questions. 
  • You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been successfully submitted.
  • All communication will be made by email. 
         Ensure to check emails regularly for messages from the City of Mississauga. 
  • You can update your contact information at any time by logging into your candidate profile.

Step 2: Application screening

  • Your application will be reviewed by Human Resources and the Hiring Manager. 
  • Candidates will be contacted by email to provide copies of your certificates and qualifications.
  • Only candidates being considered will be contacted.

Step 3: Assessments

  • The interview panel will consist of Fire district Chief(s), Assistant Chief(s) and/or Human Resources.
  • Interviews, behavioural assessment, practical, swim test and references will be based on job-related criteria. A search of publicly available records may be performed.
  • Request accommodation for disability, if required. 
  • We invite applicants to interviews through email.  Check your email junk/spam mail folder regularly.

Step 4: Selection

  • The Assistant Fire Chief(s) and Human Resources will discuss the results of the interview, testing and references to select the best candidates for the job.

Step 5: Job offer

A conditional offer of employment will be made to the successful candidate(s) as a probationary firefighter.

The offer of employment is conditional upon:

  • Obtaining a class “DZ” Ontario driver’s license before conditional offer of employment stage.
  • Providing, at your expense, a vulnerable sector screening criminal record check.
  • Successful completion of the training period.
  • Successful completion of a twelve -month probationary period.
  • Maintaining a valid and unrestricted Ontario’s driver’s license, minimum class “G” and a driving record that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga.

Step 6: Getting started

  • We have a comprehensive onboarding program to welcome you to the City and prepare you for your first day. 
  • You will participate in the seventeen-week Probationary Firefighter training program that follows the competencies of NFPA 1001.

Minimum qualifications

  • Possess a valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificate including Stage One, Two and Three.
    OFAI certification must be valid before the second interview stage if you are successful in the screening and previous selection phases. Visit the OFAI Website for more information.
  • Possess a National Fire Protection Association Firefighter Certification NFPA 1001, (I & II) & NFPA 472 or 1072 Awareness & Operations Level
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or academic equivalent
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted Ontario’s Driver’s License, minimum Class “G” and a driving record that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga.
  • Successful applicants must receive a Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License before conditional offer of employment stage.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” Level certificate.
  • Excellent hearing without the use of artificial aids.
  • Visual acuity of 20/30 corrected in each eye and colour vision which is safe for firefighting.
  • Ability to swim proficiently.
  • Effective English communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and precisely in stressful situations
  • Criminal Record Search - Level 3 (Vulnerable Sector Screening) that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga from the Police Service where you reside at the time of the interview.
  • Successfully complete medical, practical and swimming tests during recruitment process.
  • Be willing to work shifts on a rotating basis
  • Be able to handle intense and sustained physical effort necessary to safely perform firefighting duties

Preferred qualifications

  • Previous experience in Fire suppression, construction, trades mechanical, emergency services (e.g. Paramedic, Police Officer), Military/Coast Guard, fire prevention, large vehicle operation, and/or operating heavy equipment
  • Community College diploma in Fire Protection Engineering Technician/Technology Program
  • Possess NFPA 1031 - Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, NFPA 1033 - Fire Investigator, NFPA 1035 - Fire and Life Safety Educator
  • Fluency in a second language or sign language
  • Trades Qualification(s)
  • Lifeguard (NLS Certification)
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) Training
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training
  • Medical, Ski Patrol or Other Professional Emergency Service Certification
  • Coaching/Teaching/Counselling/Recreation Leadership
  • Volunteer and/or community involvement


To check the status of your application, you can login to your candidate profile and select "Jobs applied".

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