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Ministry of the Solicitor General
Office of the Chief Coroner
Job Term:
2 Permanent
Job Code:
50122 - Nurse 2, Public Health
$1,521.95 - $1,830.48 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Open Targeted
Job ID:
A brand new and exciting opportunity exists for two compassionate health care professionals who will make an impact in the death investigation process for Ontarians.

As part of the death investigation system, Coroner Investigators are delegated under authority of the Coroners Act to perform death investigations. As a member of the death investigation team, the Coroner Investigator investigates the circumstances and health history of a deceased person following notification of the death to the Office of the Chief Coroner/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

What can I expect to do in this role?

•Provide broad-based health care expertise to support and oversee the review and evaluation of deaths as they are reported to the Provincial Dispatch Unit of the Office of the Chief Coroner/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC/OFPS).
•Interact with the next of kin (NOK) of the deceased person to provide timely support, guidance regarding process and collect relevant information
•Connect with the family/treating physician(s) (MDs) or nurse practitioner (NP) to ensure a complete understanding of the medical health history of the deceased person.
•Participate in the ongoing collection and management of data for tracking and trend analysis
•Liaise with the funeral service provider, MD/NP and first responders to ensure all involved parties are aware of each other's role and responsibilities and that all documentation and investigation requirements have been met and communicated.
•Assist the Chief Coroner in defining, developing and overseeing the implementation and evaluation of innovative approaches to service delivery related to the review and triaging of deaths.
•Develop and maintain working relationships with a variety of participants in the death investigation system, including families, dispatchers, coroners, forensic pathologists, law enforcement personnel and other agencies.

How do I qualify?


BSc in Nursing and/or current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in order to provide professional nursing expertise as a member of the OCC health professional team.

Technical Knowledge

You have:
•Knowledge of pathophysiology, toxicology, and disease processes are required in order to assess the health history of a deceased person in relation to the circumstances of their death.
•Knowledge of medical causes of death in order to support MDs/NPs in completion of Medical Certificates Of Death.
•Knowledge of death investigation protocols as they relate to the review and evaluation of deaths.
•Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Coroners Act, Anatomy Act, Vital Statistics Act, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act and OCC Code of Ethics, to understand their application to death investigations.
•Knowledge of the triage and transfer of cases between health care professionals including required documentation.
•Ability to acquire and apply the role, activities and mandate of the OCC/OFPS.

Empathy, Communication and Interpersonal skills

•You can compassionately correspond with grieving families and first responders at the scene of death.
•You can communicate and liaise with multiple stakeholders, both internal and external to ensure all requirements of the evaluative review have been met.
•You possess demonstrated written communication and presentation skills to lead training programs, and to prepare and present analysis and research findings, reports and briefing papers.

Analytical and Judgement skills

•You can support the development and implementation of new/revised processes, requirements, guidelines, policies, procedures, standards and protocols for the conduct of death investigations across the province.
•You are able to make decisions in a fast paced environment, while ensuring a thorough review and evaluation of information provided about the deceased person, their health history and circumstances of death.

Research, Consultation and Advisory skills

•You have research techniques and tools to identify and assess issues and trends with potential impact on the death investigation system or that require the involvement of the Chief Coroner.
•You have consultative and advisory skills to recommend new/revised approaches, policies and procedures to the Chief Coroner, Deputy Chief Coroners and Senior Management Team, and make presentations.

Computer skills

•You have computer proficiency skills to research information, prepare briefings, presentations, proposals, and enable analytics/data analysis.

Special Note

**This job ad is posted until filled. Please refer to original ad on the OPS Career website to check if we are still accepting applications or if the posting has officially closed. You can check by going to and searching for Job ID# 134625.**

Additional Information:

  • 2 Permanent, 25 Morton Shulman Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Health and Social Services
Posted on:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service).

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • T-SL-134625/19(2)
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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