Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 231 negotiations

Paramedics’ union negotiations

The City of Guelph is in contract negotiations it’s 157 full- and part-time paramedics—represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 231.

Paramedics help keep our community safe, and deserve to be paid well. The City values the important work they do, and aims to negotiate an agreement that is:

  • fair for the 157 paramedics who work in Guelph and Wellington County
  • affordable for Guelph citizens
  • aligned with other City employee groups’ and municipal comparators’ contracts

Community safety is our first priority. Ambulance services will not be affected during contract negotiations.


  • Land ambulance services in Guelph and Wellington County were originally provided by a private service contractor—Royal City Ambulance Service Ltd.
  • As of January 1, 2009, the Guelph–Wellington Emergency Medical Service became a municipal operation, as directed by Guelph City Council, to provide land ambulance service to the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and other areas as required by the Ontario Ambulance Act.
  • The cost of this service is shared by:
    • the Ontario Ministry of Health (50 per cent)
    • the City (30.5 per cent)
    • the County of Wellington (19.5 per cent)

The amount paid by the City and County is proportionally based on the number of calls within each geographic jurisdiction.