Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act were introduced that would ensure covered emergency responders no longer have to prove their PTSD diagnosis was caused by a workplace incident. The proposed amendments will:
- Clarify that PTSD is presumed to be a result of an incident during employment
- Define who’s eligible for presumptive PTSD benefits, including police, paid and volunteer firefighters, paramedics, nurses, and provincial and federal correctional officers with workers’ comp coverage
- Allow coverage for other health service occupations to be added by regulation
- Further clarify the process to receive presumptive PTSD coverage.