The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators and the new face of Paramedic Regulation in Canada
A brief history of COPR
Spread throughout Canada’s ten Provinces you’ll find an eclectic mix of over 30,000 primary care, advanced care, and critical care paramedics. Since the inception of the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) in 2009, the historically provincially segmented and compartmentalized standard of regulating paramedics in Canada has progressively moved towards a national umbrella.
Who’s COPR’s commitment to?
For all intent and purpose, the scope and vision of COPR is to protect the general public by ensuring those obtaining license / registration in their respective provinces meet the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) standards for their level of practice, assuring Canadians receive the very best in safe and ethical pre-hospital care from competent, qualified, and current paramedic practitioners. Although COPR offers standardized testing for all new primary care paramedic (PCP) and advanced care paramedic (ACP) practitioners, at present they offer no examinations are the critical care paramedic level (CCP). Although COPR regulates paramedics in Canada, it’s important to remember their commitment is to serve the public interest and to protect the public. Unlike your local paramedic organization or group which will often times advocate on the behalf of paramedics, COPR’s function is exclusively focused on serving and protecting the public from paramedics.
COPR’s website highlights the following values:
1) Linking together Canada’s provincially segmented paramedic regulators with set national standards, homogenizing provincial rules and procedures;
2) Helping provincial regulators slice through barriers that hinder paramedic transfer from one jurisdiction to another while at the same time ensuring paramedics are held to the same high standard of ethics and competence across Canada, irrespective of the province they practice in;
3) Provide a functioning equal voice and opportunity mutual interest information exchange platform to provincial paramedic regulators;
4) Undertake and oversee national initiatives on behalf of Canada’s paramedic regulators.
Through meaningful and cooperative partnerships, COPR’s goal is to continue to provide direction on national regulatory issues and support provincial paramedic regulators in their mandate to best protect the public.