First Responders May Get More Help From Ottawa

Urged to follow lead from Ontario

There’s a push underway to get help for all first responders and public safety officers who develop mental health problems after experiencing traumatic events. The House of Commons Public Safety Committee has recommended – unanimously – the federal government develop a national strategy for PTSD and operational stress injuries. Rob Oliphant, Liberal MP and chair of the committee, says “communities will be safer if our public safety officers are healthier.” The report also calls for Parliament to consider presumptive legislation so federal public safety workers diagnosed with PTSD don’t have to prove they got sick on the job, following the lead of provinces such as Ontario.

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