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Ministry of the Solicitor General
Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario
Anywhere in Central, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto
Job Term:
Job Code:
FFS - Fee For Service
Not Available
Posting Status:
Job ID:
The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCC) and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS) is seeking physicians for appointment as Investigating Coroners. This role will afford you a unique opportunity to investigate deaths set out in the Coroners Act, including: sudden and unexpected, non-natural and those occurring in certain circumstances, institutions or occupations (e.g. in-custody, mining, construction). The role will also be responsible for contributing to the public safety mandate of the OCC/OFPS through the generation of recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths in future.

*Please note: these positions are NOT considered public service employees employed by the Ontario Public Service under the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006. This recruitment posting is for on-call, fee-for-service positions funded through the OCC/OFPS, Ministry of the Solicitor General.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Conduct investigations into non-natural deaths (homicide, suicide, accident, undetermined), and certain natural deaths (such as those which are sudden and unexpected; occurring in certain institutional settings; or in which there are concerns about medical care).
• Interact with families of those who have died, and provide them with appropriate and timely information about the conduct and outcome of your investigation.
• Work closely with a variety of stakeholders in death investigation, including forensic and other pathologists, forensic scientists, law enforcement personnel, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Ministry of Labour, and other investigative agencies.
• Complete reports of your investigations which are shared with families, law enforcement personnel, the criminal justice system and other parties as set out under relevant legislation.
• You will be provided with initial and ongoing education in death investigation, as well as ongoing supervision and mentorship by an experienced Regional Supervising Coroner.
• Experienced Investigating Coroners may apply to preside at coroners' inquests.

How do I qualify?


• A licensed physician in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)
• Licensed or eligible for independent practice by July 31, 2021.
• Flexibility within your work schedule to take on on-call duties (including evenings/weekends) and complete investigative reports within prescribed timeframes

Specialized Knowledge / Experience

• You have experience in the practice of medicine (primary care, or a medical or surgical specialty).
• You have a working understanding of pathophysiology and toxicology.
• You have an analytical mind, and an aptitude for problem-solving and logical thinking.
• You are able to accept supervision and direction from a senior coroner and to maintain currency with Best Practice Guidelines and other directives
• You are required to participate in initial and ongoing education in death investigation.

Communication Skills

• You have effective communication skills to interact with stakeholders, including medical and legal professionals, law enforcement agencies, and the public.
• You can demonstrate tact and diplomacy when communicating with grieving families, and maintain confidentiality regarding all investigations (coronial and criminal).
• You have effective written communication skills to prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence.
• For the Ottawa and Sudbury Regional Offices, proficiency in French is an asset.

Special Note to Applicants:

The mandatory five-day new coroners course will be conducted on June 21-25, 2021 (inclusive). The current plan for this required course, which includes live training sessions, is to be delivered virtually. Should this change and in-person attendance be possible at the Forensic Sciences and Coroners Complex (FSCC) in Toronto, you will be provided with appropriate notice.

For which area(s) is recruitment occurring? (Please note: under the provisions of the Coroners Act, you must be ordinarily a resident in the region in which you are appointed as a Coroner)

Hamilton Region:
• Hamilton
• Niagara
• Haldimand
• Norfolk
• Wellington
• Brantford
• Dufferin

London Region:
•Bruce County (Kincardine or Walkerton)

Sudbury Region:
• Northern Algoma/Southwest Cochrane (e.g., Hearst, Constance Lake First Nation)
• North Cochrane and the James Bay Coast (e.g., Moosonee, Moose Factory, Fort Albany)
• Northwest Nipissing (e.g., Temagami)
• Southwest Nipissing (e.g., Sturgeon Falls, Verner)
• North Sudbury region (e.g., Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls, Iroquois Falls)
• South Timiskaming (e.g., Thornloe, Latchford, Timiskaming Shores)

Kingston Region:
• Lindsay
• Northumberland (Cobourg /Port Hope)

Toronto Region
•Greater Toronto Area

Central Region
•Simcoe Region
•Halton Region
•Peel Region
•Durham Region
•Muskoka Region
•York Region

Thunder Bay Region:
•Fort Frances
•Sioux Lookout
•Terrace Bay

Ottawa Region:
• Cornwall

Additional Information:

  • Bilingual Permanent - On-Call, Ottawa, East Region or Kingston, East Region or London, West Region or Z2/R8, Hamilton, West Region or Thunder Bay, North Region or Toronto, Toronto Region or Anywhere in Central, Central Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
Compensation Group:
Management and General
Posted on:
Thursday, October 29, 2020
  • This ad is also available in French.
  • The number of positions to be filled has not been identified at this time. This recruitment process will be used to create an eligibility list to fill upcoming opportunities within the next twelve months.
  • Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • 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.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent 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.

    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.
  • The successful candidate will be required to: 1) undergo a criminal record check (Canadian Police information Centre – CPIC), and 2) provide a Certificate of Professional Conduct from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) prior to being considered for appointment as an Investigating Coroner,
  • For inquiries related to this posting, please email and quote Job ID# 155858 in the subject line.
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