St John Ambulance Canada's mission is to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training (first aid) and community services (health and safety).

St John Ambulance was established in Canada in 1883 when the inaugural first aid course and certificate were issued in Quebec City, Quebec. 

Highlights at a glance:

  • Certify more than 500,000 Canadian each year in First Aid and CPR.
  • 5,100 Medical First Responder volunteers provide First Aid coverage at over 8,500 public events each year, providing 239,000 hours and intervened with over 20,000 incidents.
  • Over 3,600 Therapy Dog teams provide over 300,000 volunteer hours annually.
  • Over 1 million volunteer hours are provided to communities across Canada each year, and
  • Offer a variety of other community service functions, such as emergency management and response services, Mental Health First Aid Awareness Training, youth programmes, Community First Aid Instructor Training, Opioid Overdoes Awareness Training, car seat programmes and first aid competitions.


First Aid Response Services

Trained volunteers provide first aid services at community gatherings, sporting and recreational events.

Therapy Dog Services 

Through regular visitations, St John Therapy Dog Teams enrich the lives of the elderly and ill, as well as children, by providing unconditional love and support.

Youth Services 

Young Canadians are given the opportunity to learn first aid and volunteer in their communities, fostering their personal development and commitment to service.

Emergency Management & Response Services 

When disaster strikes, St John Ambulance is there to help. St John Ambulance community-based volunteers are trained in an integrated system of first aid, CPR and health care.

Mental Health First Aid Awareness Training 

Gives people the skills they need to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in co-workers, family and friends to provide the much-needed early help that may prevent the problem from developing into a more serious state.

Community First Aid Initiative 

Recognising that rural, remote and isolated indigenous communities in Canada have fewer individual who have ever taken a First Aid course, this initiative was to develop qualified Indigenous First Aid and CPR instructors who could return to communities and provide First Aid and CPR training locally.

Opioid Overdose Awareness Initiative 

Developed to educate and train people about opioids and how to administer Naloxone and provide emergency First Aid to individuals suffering from Opioid Poisoning, this program is now in all St. john locations across Canada


St John Ambulance Canada
400 - 1900 City Park Drive
K1J 1A3

Phone: (613) 236-7461
Email: [email protected]