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Representative organization
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Dr. Tina Saryeddine - Executive Director

Canada is a member of CTIF through the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, CAFC. 

 Founded in 1909, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) is an independent, non-profit organization representing approximately 3,500 fire departments across Canada.

The CAFC’s mission is advancing safe, effective, and sustainable fire and emergency services across Canada, with a vision to see Canada’s fire and emergency management leaders united in service of public health and safety.

CAFC's Vision is to unite Canada's fire service leaders.

The CAFC represents the three major types of Fire Departments in Canada: full-time, volunteer and composite. Composite departments include both full-time and volunteer personnel. Volunteer and composite departments constitute the overwhelming majority of Fire Departments in Canada.


Dr. Tina Saryeddine, PhD, MHA, CHE

E-mail: tsaryeddine@cafc.ca
Dir/ Tél: 613-695-8462
Toll free/sans frais: 1-800-775-5189 ext. 3
Cell: 613-324-1078


Canadian Association
of Fire Chiefs

1 Rideau Street, Suite 700
Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7


* Canada was most recently voted in as Ordinary Member CTIF at Delegates Assembly in Marseille, October 2021. Canada has previously been a member of CTIF through different organizations in decades past.  




Population of Canada:  38,2 million


The population of Canada was 38,244,666 as of Sunday, January 9, 2022, based on the Worldometer.info elaboration of the latest United Nations data. Canada population is equivalent to 0.48% of the total world population.

Canada ranks second among the largest countries in the world in terms of area size, despite having a relatively low total population. The reason for the low population is that most of Canada remains undeveloped due to inhospitable conditions. Approximately 90 percent of all Canadians live within about 160 km of the U.S. border. 

Canada has 10 provinces and three northern territories. The provinces are, in alphabetical order: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The three territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

The five largest Canadian cities are Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa. 


The five most populated Canadian provinces are: 

Ontario: 14,7 million

Quebec: 8,5 million

British Columbia: 5,1 million

Alberta: 4,5 million

Manitoba; 1,4 million


Statistics on Firefighters in Canada: (2014-2016)

The report is based on the annual NFPA Canadian Fire Service Survey, 2014-2016. The Survey is a three year cycle survey which attempts to survey about one-third of the provinces in the country each year. 

According to the report "Canadian Fire Department Profile, 2014-2016", the NFPA estimates there were approximately 152,650 local firefighters in Canada during the period 2014 to 2016. Of the total number of firefighters 26,000 (17%) were career firefighters and 126,650 (83%) were volunteer firefighters.

Most of the career firefighters worked in communities that protected 50,000 or more people. Most of the volunteer firefighters were in departments that protected fewer than 50,000 people.

There is an estimated 3,672 fire departments in Canada. Of these, 66 departments were staffed by all career firefighters, 44 were mostly career, 501 were mostly volunteer and 3,061 were all volunteer.

In Canada, 1,626 (44%) of departments provided no EMS service, 1,860 departments (51%) provided EMS service, and 186 (5 %) of departments provided EMS and advanced life support.


NFPA Fact sheet about Canada