Feb 18, 2016
By Michael Kramer
The Wynne government introduced legislation today that will allow first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder – to get faster and easier access to benefits and treatment in Ontario.
The proposed law presumes that P-T-S-D in first responders is work-related.
That means the emergency workers don’t have to prove a “causal link” when they approach the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Police, firefighters, paramedics, correctional workers, emergency dispatchers and First Nations emergency response teams would all be covered – under the new legislation.
Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says first responders are at least twice as likely to suffer P-T-S-D as people in the general population.