Board to hear arguments on whether Paramedics are Medical Professionals

Paramedics were recently informed that a hearing in front of New Brunswick's Labour & Employment Board would take place from November 4th - 6th. The hearing will seek to determine whether the Paramedic profession has evolved to such an extent, as to classify the Provinces Paramedics as "Medical Science Professionals."

The reclassification of Paramedics was announced last December, following a grass-roots campaign by front-line Paramedics and a classification analysis that was preformed by the Province of New Brunswick. The multifaceted analysis reviewed the current educational requirements, roles, responsibilities, and risks faced by Paramedics.

Such an analysis had not been preformed on the Paramedic profession, since 1972.

A reclassification would see Paramedics removed from their current bargaining agent, CUPE 1252, to be placed under the bargaining agent mandated with representing healthcare professionals within the Province, the New Brunswick Union (NBU).

This change was slated to take effect on April 1st, 2020.

However, following the announcement, CUPE made filings to the Labour & Employment Board in opposition of the move, citing "unfair labour practices."

For more on CUPE's complaint, click here.

The hearing will take place virtually and will hear arguments from the Government of New Brunswick, the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Union, as well as the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Those interested in attending the hearing virtually, can contact the Labour & Employment Board to request an access code.

Paramedics remain focused on the task at hand:

The COVID-19 Pandemic has placed the clinical versatility of Paramedics on full display.

In addition to the performance of their regular duties, such as responding to 911 calls, Paramedics have been tasked with establishing COVID-19 testing sites, performing mobile testing to individuals at home, as well as Incident Command expertise and clinical support to areas experiencing an outbreak.

Joel Mattatall, Chair of the Committee who lobbied government on behalf of Paramedics for a classification analysis said,

"We are proud of Paramedics and the vital role they continue to play as part of a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, tasked with the Provincial response to COVID-19. Their clinical expertise continues to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the communities they serve."

Though Paramedics remain frustrated with the actions of CUPE and the delays caused by the filings to the Board, they are optimistic and look forward to receiving a ruling in their favour come November.

[Photo] Members of the Paramedic Leadership Team establish a Mobile Command Centre, to coordinate the response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, in Moncton New Brunswick.

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On December 17, 2019, the Province of New Brunswick notified the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) of the reclassification of Paramedics from "Patient Services" to "Medical Science Professionals"

In January of 2020, the Canadian Union of Public Employees submitted complaints to the Labour & Employment Board, seeking to have the reclassification overturned. 

Following numerous delays, a hearing began on January 12th, 2021, which heard witness testimony from all parties involved. 


Final oral arguments will be heard on March 24th, 2021, with an expected decision in late April. 


Le 17 décembre 2019, la province du Nouveau-Brunswick a avisé le Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP) du reclassement des ambulanciers paramédicaux de «Services aux patients» à «Professionnels des sciences médicales»



En janvier 2020, le Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique a déposé des plaintes auprès de la Commission du travail et de l'emploi pour demander l'annulation de la reclassification.


Suite à de nombreux retards, une audience a débuté le 12 janvier 2021, qui a entendu les témoignages de toutes les parties concernées.


Les plaidoiries finales seront entendues le 24 mars 2021, avec une décision attendue fin avril.

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