Firefighter Recruitment - General Information
The Recruitment Process
Generally, City of Windsor Firefighter recruitment takes place on a two-year cycle. While hiring can take place at any point, applications during the two-year interval are only considered from those submitted during the most recent designated recruitment period.
The information contained on this website is meant to assist candidates interested in applying for the City of Windsor Firefighter recruitment. It is subject to change pending various factors involved in the recruitment process, budget, etc.
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have recently been updated to reflect the upcoming Firefighter Recruitment Process. Information previously contained on this website regarding Firefighter recruitment may not have been applicable to the current recruitment process and should be disregarded.
The following outlines our anticipated process and the order in which we will complete this recruitment. Note that we have anticipated dates for each stage, providing applicants with a frame of reference on the anticipated recruitment. The City of Windsor's recruitment process is subject to change.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, to
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 12 p.m. (noon)
Application Available Online
Visit Current Job Postings for the Firefighter Job Posting.
|Wednesday, July 13, 2022, to|
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 12 p.m. (noon)
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
||Applicant Registration/Payment - Written Testing
Friday, July 29, 2022, to Thursday, August 4, 2022
(No alternate dates than those listed.)
|Tuesday, August 9, 2022, to Thursday, August 11, 2022|
||Post Written Test Results (pass/fail) on citywindsor.ca
||Week of August 22, 2022 (updated from Thursday, August 18, 2022)|
||Contact Applicants Eligible for Physical Fitness Testing
Week of August 22, 2022
||Applicant Registration/Payment - Physical Fitness Testing
||Monday, August 29, 2022, to Wednesday, September 7, 2022|
Applicant Physical Fitness Testing
(No alternate dates than those listed.)
(Dates will only be added as necessary to accommodate candidate volumes.)
Toronto, Ontario (York University Only):
Saturday, September 10, 2022, to Sunday, September 11, 2022
Post Physical Fitness Test Results (pass/fail) on citywindsor.ca
Contact applicants eligible to submit resume and continue with recruitment
Week of September 12, 2022
||Short-listing of Candidates
||Tuesday, October 4, 2022, to Tuesday, October 11, 2022|
Monday, October 31, 2022, to Friday, November 11, 2022 (1st round)
Monday, December 5, 2022, to Friday, December 16, 2022 (2nd round)
||Offer of Employment
||Friday, January 6, 2023 (updated from January 27, 2023)|
||Processing of Candidates Offered Employment
Friday, January 6, 2023, to Friday, January 20, 2023
(updated from January 30, 2023 to February 24, 2023)
Please note, failure to complete or pass any step will eliminate an applicant from the current competition.
Step 1 - Advertisement
The City of Windsor will advertise on the City of Windsor website online for the period of application.
Step 2 - Application available online
In order to apply for the Firefighter recruitment, applications will only be accepted online for the period of application availability as indicated in the table above. No late applications will be accepted.
Step 3 - Application review
- At the time of application, must be 18 years of age or older
- At the time of application, must have proof of an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma or Ontario Ministry of Education equivalency and any other education documents deemed necessary by the Corporation at time of hire
- At the time of application, applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e., Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, legal permanent residence, birth certificate or landed immigration documentation)
- At the time of hire, must have proof of a valid and lawful Class "D" Ontario Driver's License with "Z" endorsement, in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, for the purposes of operating a City of Windsor vehicle and provide a driver's abstract as a condition of employment
- Successful completion of an Aptitude Test, Assessment Test, Physical Test, and interview(s)
- Satisfactory police clearance at the applicant's expense at time of hire
- Satisfactory driver's abstract at the applicant's expense at time of hire
- Satisfactory references from current and/or previous employers at time of hire
- Satisfactory medical assessment as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards 1582 for Firefighters at the Corporation's expense; and any other testing and/or examination, which may be required by the medical practitioner and/or determined by the City of Windsor at time of hire
- Compliance with the Family Relationship Procedure and the Employment Policy
- Satisfactory completion of a 12-month probationary period of employment
- Observance of the rules, regulations, instructions, benefits and any conditions governing employment with the Corporation as may be in effect at the time of recruitment and/or employment, or established by the Corporation of the City of Windsor at any subsequent time
All applications will be reviewed to ensure that the minimum eligibility requirements are met in order to move forward in the process. Those applicants who meet the initial requirements at the time of application will be contacted by the City of Windsor informing them of the next step(s) they will have to undertake in the process in order to continue in the competition.
Step 4 - Applicant Registration/Payment - Written Testing
The Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) Entry Firefighter Test (Aptitude) and the Occupational Skills Assessment (OS) Test will be conducted in the time period as indicated above.
For those who qualify, there is a fee to write the test. The non-refundable fee is $280.00 including H.S.T. for the written testing. Payment will be made in accordance with the procedures established by the service provider, Gledhill/Shaw Enterprises. Late payments will not be accepted. Applicants will be contacted by email with all of the details pertaining to the test registration and payment process.
Step 5 - Written Testing
Testing will take place according to the time schedule above. The City of Windsor continues to practice reasonable safety precautions to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 and expects candidates to follow any directives that may be in place at time of testing. For more information on the CPS and OS tests, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.
Step 6 - Post Written Test Results
Step 7 - Contact Applicants Eligible for Physical Fitness Testing
For those applicants who pass the written test, the City of Windsor will contact them with information regarding the Physical Fitness Test and the pertinent details of the test.
Step 8 - Applicant Registration/Payment - Physical Fitness testing
The non-refundable fee for this test is $275.00 including H.S.T. Payment will be made in accordance with the procedures established by the service provider, Gledhill/Shaw Enterprises. Late payments will not be accepted. Applicants will be contacted by email, telephone, or written correspondence with all details pertaining to test registration and the payment process.
Step 9 - Applicant Physical Fitness Testing
The Physical Fitness testing will take place during the dates indicated in the table above. The test will be the York University Firefighter Fitness Test developed by Dr. Norman Gledhill and will only be conducted at York University. York University continues to practice reasonable safety precautions to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 and requires that anyone undergoing testing must be doubly vaccinated and expects candidates to follow their institutional directives. Physical Fitness Testing will not be provided in Windsor. For more information on the Physical Fitness Test, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.
Step 10 - Post Physical Fitness Test Results
Step 11 - Short-listing of candidates
Windsor Fire & Rescue Services, in conjunction with the Human Resources department, will determine the number of candidates moving forward in the interview process. An interview(s) may not be offered to all candidates who have successfully passed the written and physical tests. The number of candidates short-listed for an interview will depend on the number of applicants, timelines, and budgetary considerations.
Step 12 - Interviews
The interview(s) will be conducted by a panel comprised of both Windsor Fire & Rescue and Human Resources personnel. Interview(s) will be conducted during the dates shown in the table above. For more information on the interview, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.
Step 13 - Offer of Employment
For more information on the Offer of Employment, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.
Step 14 - Processing of candidates offered employment
For more information on processing of candidates offered employment, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.
Step 15 - Hire Date - commencement of training program/probationary period
For more information on the commencement of the training program and probationary period, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.
Windsor Fire & Rescue Services may select and recommend a certain number of applicants as Probationary Firefighter recruits. There is no guarantee that any given number will always be selected during each recruitment period. In fact, Windsor Fire & Rescue Services may not hire Probationary Firefighter recruits depending on budgetary and other factors.
For general information, contact 311.
For detailed inquiries, contact:
Human Resources Department
400 City Hall Square East, Suite 408
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7K6
Phone: (519) 255-6515
Fax: (519) 255-6504
TTY: (519) 255-6685