April 28: Changes Proposed to Ease PTSD Claims for Emergency Responders


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.