Province to Introduce Presumptive PTSD Legislation for First Responders

The government has announced that it will introduce legislation that would create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first respondents is assumed to be work-related. This legislation is designed to ensure that first responders are able to access resources and treatment quickly. If enacted into law the legislation would do the following:

  • Expedite¬†the claims for those diagnosed with PTSD, to ensure eligibility for WSIB benefits
  • Remove the need to prove a causal link between PTSD and a workplace event
  • Require employers to implement PTSD prevention plans within the workplace

For more:

Ontario to Introduce Legislation to Support First Responders with PTSD

Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), 2016

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