Committee Told to Expand Coverage of PTSD Bill

At its hearings this week on Bill 163 (PTSD Bill), the Standing Committee on Social Policy heard from a number of witnesses that the current legislation excludes job categories that should be covered. Amongst other things, BIll 163 would make post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a workplace illness.

Witnesses (including the Ontario Provincial Police Association, the Police Association of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and CUPE) identified a number of job categories that they think should be covered, including

  • Dispatchers (which are currently covered in the Bill, but only in a limited fashion according to The Ontario Provincial Police Association)
  • Civilians working in forensic crime units and the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis system
  • Special constables
  • Communicator call takers
  • Investigative support staff
  • Forensics staff
  • Garage personnel
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Provincial bailiffs
  • First-responder teams in northern, rural and remote communities (often volunteers)
  • Privately contracted security professionals (especially those working in detention centres, hospitals, and correctional institutions)
  • Front-line workers in psychiatric hospitals

For more:

Bill 163, Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) 

Committee Transcripts, Standing Committee on Social Policy 

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