Frequently Asked Questions - Selection Process
Application / Pre-Screening
University of Manitoba Physical Assessment
Panel Interview Assessment
How long is the selection process?
Unfortunately, there isn't a set time frame to follow as the hiring needs of our department fluctuates and are dependent on outside factors such as retirements, funding, city growth, legislation, etc. It may be necessary for us to "speed up" or "slow down" our process in order to meet operational needs. You may be asked to participate in one or more assessments in a short period of time or you may need to wait a period of time until sufficient resources are available.
How often should I expect to hear from the recruitment personnel?
We attempt to keep you informed and current with information as it is relevant to the status of your file. It is your responsibility to keep us informed if you have a change in contact information or if you will be unavailable for a period of time (i.e. on vacation, out of the country, etc).
Do you accept out-of-town applicants?
Yes. However, be aware you will be required to travel to Manitoba to participate in the different assessments, sometimes with little advance notice. Any costs associated with travel and/or relocation expenses for the recruitment process will be the sole responsibility fo the applicant.
I have completed additional professional certifications. Do I have an advantage?
Not necessarily. We accept applications from people from all walks of life and assess their files based on individual skills, experiences, attributes, values, etc. Applicants are measured on their ability to meet / exceed our standards rather than how they compare to other candidates.
Can you recommend courses to take to better my chances of being selected?
Due to the competitive nature of the assessment process, we do not counsel or provide recommendations to potential applicants on how to increase their competitiveness. For a list of Primary Care Paramedic training institutions which are accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) please visit Accreditation Canada. For a list of Fire training institutions which are accredited please visit IFSAC and/or PROBOARD.
Why do candidates pay fees to participate in the hiring process?
As a municipal organization, our department must be fiscally responsible for managing funds we receive through taxes. To ensure there are enough resources to provide emergency response services, applicants testing procedures must run on a cost-recovery basis. The fee covers the costs of written tests which need to be ordered and proctored; medical drug screening kits and licensing fees for testing. All fees assigned to a specific step in our process are non-refundable and will be required before you can participate in that step. Methods of payment: Certified Cheque or Money Order payable to the "City of Winnipeg" needs to be submitted at time of application.
Will I be notified if I am determined to be ineligible for the next step in the process?
Yes. We will notify all applicants of their standing in the process by email. Although we will attempt to notify all candidates as soon as they are disqualified you may not receive an email until the recruitment process is complete.
Last update: March 29, 2018