The government has added three new job categories to Bill 163, Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act. Workers in these job categories will now be able to claim workplace injury benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. The additions come after a range of stakeholders asked the government to expand coverage of the bill.
The new categories added are:
- Members of an emergency response team (generally volunteers) who respond to emergencies in northern, rural and remote communities
- Ambulance service managers
- Dispatch workers (for firefighters, police, or any other worker who receives emergency calls that initiative the dispatch of ambulance services, firefighters and police officers)