Paramedicine Program Receives $875K Boost in Funding to Address High Demand for Skilled Paramedics in Rural Alberta
April 20, 2023

Alberta, Canada - Portage College is excited to share that their paramedicine program has been chosen to receive funding from the targeted enrolment expansion initiative by the Alberta Government.  $875,000 has been awarded to provide program expansion and 24 extra seats for students in the first year.

“We have a significant waitlist for our paramedicine programs every year,” said Shona Hommy, Associate Dean, Health and Wellness at Portage College. “With this funding, we will be able to expand our paramedicine program by admitting additional students for the next three academic years.”

Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) programs will see an additional 24 students in the upcoming year (2023-2024) and 36 students in the following two academic years. Last year, Portage’s Paramedicine program was granted the highest possible accreditation and given full approval statuses by the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Portage programs are especially talented at providing quality training to students and this will not change with more students.

“The Paramedicine team works hard to provide each student the individualized support they need to meet their unique needs, to model professional excellence and to ensure program and curriculum quality.” Said Hommy.

The enrolment expansion initiative is part of the province's largest targeted enrolment expansion initiative, which is a $193-million-dollar investment in post-secondary education.

In the 2021-2022 Portage College employer survey, 91% of employers reported that Portage College graduates are on equal or better footing than graduates from other institutions. Specifically, 100% of employers expressed satisfaction with Portage PCP and ACP graduates, with graduation surveys showing 100% of graduates in both programs felt they had the skills needed for employment and were working in a related field.

“We are super excited to have been awarded this expansion grant. We have a phenomenal Paramedicine program with exceedingly qualified faculty that graduates highly trained and prepared paramedics. Portage College is well positioned to assist in meeting the demand for more qualified paramedics to serve the province and in particular the northern rural communities.” Dr. Donna Feledichuk, Vice President Academic and Research at Portage College.

For more information about the Paramedicine Program contact:

Ashley Brown, Marketing Specialist, Portage College
780-639-7143 or email

Media Inquiries:

Jaime Davies, Corporate Communications Manager
780-623-5581 or email

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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