Ontario Recognizing Outstanding Bravery of Paramedics

Published on May 27, 2021

13 Paramedics Honoured with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery

News Release

TORONTO — The province is honouring paramedics with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. This award is given to paramedics who performed individual acts of outstanding bravery in the face of danger.

Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, are presenting the awards to 13 individuals in a virtual ceremony, honouring 11 recipients from nominations submitted in 2019 and two recipients from 2020.

“Paramedics are on the frontlines when it comes to protecting our communities and saving lives. Throughout the pandemic, we have seen paramedics performing incredible acts of service and generosity,” said Premier Doug Ford. “From assisting with the vaccine rollout to alleviating hospital capacity by helping with home care, they have been here to support us every step of the way. On behalf of everyone in Ontario, I want to thank each of them for their service and congratulate this year’s winners of the Paramedic Bravery Awards. You are true heroes.”

“As we celebrate Paramedic Services Week in Ontario, I am honoured to recognize the 13 recipients who have shown exceptional courage in dangerous and often life-threatening circumstances,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Every day and especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics have consistently stepped up to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians in their time of need. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of Ontario’s paramedics for their incredible work and for being there when your communities need you the most.”

The recipients are being recognized for their individual acts of courage, including saving a swimmer from drowning, rescuing a trapped driver from a vehicle, delivering medical treatment to a patient in a confined space and rescuing a mother and her two children from a residential fire.

Paramedics have played a critical role in Ontario’s fight against COVID-19, from conducting swabbing and testing, protecting health system and hospital capacity by supporting patient transfers, and they continue to support Ontario’s vaccine rollout, including administering vaccines to individuals who have limited mobility and cannot travel to a mass immunization clinic.

“I would like to thank Premier Ford and Minister Elliott for taking time to recognize the bravery of these paramedics who went beyond their call of duty,” said Peter Dundas, President of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs. “These paramedics put patients first and demonstrated fearless dedication to saving lives. They exemplify the virtues of this award and what it means to be a paramedic stepping up to serve their community every day. Congratulations to all.”

Quick Facts

  • Paramedic Services Week is celebrated across Canada from May 23 to 29, 2021. The theme for Paramedic Services Week 2021 is Paramedic as an Educator – Citizen Ready and demonstrates the important role that paramedics play as educators to the public.
  • Since its inauguration in 2015, 56 paramedics have received the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery.
  • Any Ontario paramedic is eligible to receive the award for an act of exceptional courage that has occurred within the last 24 months. It may be bestowed posthumously.
  • There are over 9,400 paramedics currently employed in Ontario, the largest group of paramedics in Canada.
  • The Ontario government has invested $15 million to expand the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to provide additional care for seniors. Additionally, through innovative 9-1-1 models of care pilots across the province, paramedics are able to care for patients in their community.