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Who we are

We provide trusted medical direction and advice, patient safety and quality programming, and continuing education to paramedics from nine paramedic services across Eastern Ontario. The RPPEO is a program of The Ottawa Hospital.

The communities served by the Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario are Prescott-Russell, Cornwall, Ottawa, The County of Renfrew, Lanark County, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Hastings County, Prince Edward County and Frontenac County. Combined, this includes more than 1300 paramedics at both the Primary Care (PCP) and Advanced Care (ACP) levels of practice.

We are a member of the Ontario Base Hospitals Group working closely with other base hospitals in the province. Our Medical Director sits on the Ontario Medical Advisory Committee.

Want to know more? Read about our history, see who is leading the team or look at the values and principles that underpin our work.


Beginning in 1990, the Ambulance Act stipulated that the Minister of Health may designate hospitals in Ontario as sites for Regional Base Hospital Programs. These base hospitals were established to assist the Ministry in monitoring and ensuring the quality of ambulance-based prehospital care in specific geographical areas.

The RPPEO was created in February 2009 when the Ottawa and Kingston Base Hospitals combined to form a regional program serving Eastern Ontario. At that time, the RPPEO served Cornwall (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Frontenac, Hastings, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Ottawa, Prescott and Russel, Prince Edward and Renfrew.

Regions of Eastern Ontario


Population: 88,512 (2016)

Area: 7,419 kmsq

Lennox & Addington

Population: 41,824 (2011)

Area: 2,841 km²

Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service

Population: 39,888 (2011)

Area: 5978 km2

Lanark County

Population: 56,689 (2011)

Area: 2,979 km²

Frontenac County

Population: 26,375 (2011)

Area: 3673 km²

Ottawa Paramedic Service

Population: 883,391 (2011)

Area: 8996 km²

Leeds & Grenville

Population: 67,9589 (2011)

Area: 3,384 km²

Prescott & Russell

Population: 85,381 (2011)

Area: 2004 km²

Cornwall EMS

Population: 64,824 (2011)

Area: 3,297 km²