Modern Mississauga presents Ask The City - How Do I Become a Firefighter in Mississauga?

Modern Mississauga and the City of Mississauga have come together to present an ongoing series called “Ask the City.”
We’ll share relevant information and answer your questions about our city.
Today’s question is about firefighter recruitment.

How Do I Become a Firefighter in Mississauga?


Before getting sized for your bunker gear, review the minimum qualifications necessary to apply for a firefighter position in at the City of Mississauga.

Since 2016, potential Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) firefighters have required a valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service Certificate. This includes stage one, two and three of the program. Additional information about the necessary certificate and how to register can be found at

Along with a valid certificate, to become a Mississauga firefighter you must also:

  • Be 18 years of age or older when applying
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or academic equivalent
  • Have a valid Ontario’s Driver’s Licence, minimum Class “G”, qualify for a DZ within 6 months of hire, and have a driving record that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga
  • Have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level “C” certificate
  • Have excellent hearing without aids
  • Have a 20/30 uncorrected vision in each eye and colour vision which is safe for firefighting
  • Be able to swim proficiently
  • Be able to speak fluent English with the ability to clearly communicate in stressful situations
  • Provide a valid Criminal Record Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening 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 the recruitment process

Before registering for your OFAI certificate, familiarize yourself with the various roles and responsibilities of MFES. It’s much more than just firefighting and can include both internal and community-focused functions.

For more information about how to become a Mississauga firefighter, a preferred candidate and more on the recruitment process, visit

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