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Requirements for Fire, Police, Pilots & Drivers

Learn about the visual requirements of police, firefighters, pilots and drivers in Ontario for 2020.

Police Visual Requirements for Ontario

Police Vision Requirements in Ontario

The visual requirements for the police force do differ slightly depending on whether you are applying for the RCMP, the OPP, or a particular municipal police force. However, the following “benchmark” will meet all police force requirements in Ontario.

Uncorrected visual acuity (without glasses) 20/40 both eyes open
Corrected visual acuity (with glasses)  20/20 both eyes open

Full visual fields, normal colour vision, no eye disease

Laser vision correction (LASIK or PRK) is allowed to help you achieve these vision standards.

Firefighter Visual Requirements for Ontario

Fire Vision Requirements in Ontario

The visual requirements for firefighters in Ontario are based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) medical guidelines.

Uncorrected visual acuity (without glasses)  20/30 both eyes open

Full visual fields, normal color vision, no eye disease that could impair ability to function as a firefighter

Laser vision correction (LASIK or PRK) is allowed to help you achieve these vision standards.

Driving Visual Requirements for Ontario

Truck Driver

The visual requirements for driving in Ontario:

  • G and M class (car and motorcycle) 
    • Corrected visual acuity (with glasses)  20/50 both eyes open
    • 120 degrees of visual field, 15 degrees above and below visual axis
  • A (semi), B (school bus), C commercial bus)  D (truck >11,000Kg) , E (24 passenger van), F (ambulance)
    • Corrected visual acuity (with glasses)  20/30 both eyes open, and not worse than 20/100 in worst eye 
    • 150 degrees of visual field, 20 degrees above and below visual axis

Pilot Visual Requirements for Ontario

Pilot Vision Requirements in Ontario

The visual requirements for Pilots are as follows (this includes commercial pilots, air traffic controllers and private pilot licence)

  • No eye disease
  • Uncorrected visual acuity (without glasses) 20/200
  • Corrected visual acuity (with glasses)  20/30 in each tested separately
  • Near vision of N5 @ 30-50cm (20/30) (ie able to read flight maps & plans)
  • A spare pair of glasses must be available

Frequently Asked Questions

You do need good vision to be a police officer, in order to read licence plates from a distance, and to operate a firearm safely. Visual requirements do differ slightly depending on the police force. Generally, to be a policewoman or policeman your vision with glasses needs to be 20/20, and at least 20/40 without glasses.

Your vision without glasses must be 20/30 or better. This is naturally a fairly high visual standard without glasses, as glasses could easily be knocked off with type of physical occupation. You must have healthy eyes, free of any eye disease that may get in the way of your function as a firefighter.