Welcome to NWEMS

North West EMS employs 142 primary care paramedics and supervisory/support staff. It is further supported by multiple shared KDSB administrative employees. NWEMS currently operate a fleet of 27 vehicles including :

  • 22 ambulances
  • 1 multi casualty support vehicle
  • 4 Emergency Response/Command Vehicles

Ten stations located in Pickle Lake, Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Ear Falls, Red Lake, Sioux Narrows, Nestor Falls, Wabaseemoong Independent Nations and Kenora. Services a population of 65,500 and a geographic area that covers 110,000 sq/km

Total call volume for 2020 was 15,842

Our Mission

As a service of the Kenora District Services Board, Northwest EMS is committed to the provision of effective and efficient district wide services that support its individuals, families and communities in reaching their full potential.

Northwest Emergency Medical Services is committed to providing exemplary care and transport that meets recognized professional standards in a safe and timely manner to individuals, families and communities in need of assistance.




In 1997, the Ministry of Health announced the downloading of responsibility for land ambulance services to counties, regions and districts within the province of Ontario. Traditionally, the Ministry had been responsible for ambulance services as an integral part of the health care system and, in the District of Kenora, these services were provided by hospitals and municipal operators.

The delivery of land ambulance services was identified as one of the optional services that could be provided by a District Social Services Administration Board and in 2000 the Kenora District Services Board voted to become the designated delivery agent for land ambulance including the municipalities and unincorporated areas of the District.

The Ministry required delivery agents to determine by January 1, 2001, whether services would be contracted or provided directly. Negotiations with hospitals for the continuation of service and a Request for Proposal from private contractors were not successful and the decision was made that the KDSB would operate the land ambulance service directly with the exception of the municipalities of Pickle Lake and Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls which remained as municipally run services under a one year renewable contract with the KDSB.

The municipally operated services elected to not renew the service contracts and therefore all land ambulance operations are now part of an integrated, district wide service known as Northwest EMS.

Services Overview

Northwest EMS is responsible for providing emergency pre hospital care in the District of Kenora. We currently have 9 stations and 114 Primary Care Paramedics.

Contact Us

Our hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 8am to 4:30 pm for all general inquiries please feel free to contact us.

Address: 20 King Street, Dryden Ontario, P8N 1B3
Telephone: (807) 223-2100
FAX: (807) 223-6500
Others: (807) 468-KDSB(5372)
E-mail: kdsb@kdsb.on.ca