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

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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.