11/06/2009

The Province moved to extend presumptive provisions to volunteer and part-time firefighters and fire investigators for specific health conditions attributed to firefighting.
Issue: 

On November 5, 2009, the Provincial government announced that it is moving to pass a regulation that will extend presumptive provisions to volunteer and part-time firefighters and fire investigators for specific health conditions attributed to firefighting. Currently, these presumptions apply only to full-time firefighters in Ontario.

Background

On May 3, 2007, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act was changed to provide full-time municipal fire service employees compensation for certain cancers types of cancer or heart damage suffered within 24 hours of responding to an emergency that is presumed to be the result of his or her employment in the municipal fire service. The government will now add a regulation that will extend this compensation to all firefighters and fire investigators.  

More than 150 municipalities submitted resolutions endorsing the extension of the legislation’s presumptive provisions to volunteer and part-time firefighters. AMO supported the extension of compensation to volunteer and part-time firefighters as a matter of equity.  

Ontario has about 11,000 full-time firefighters, 19,000 volunteer firefighters and 220 part-time firefighters. Forty-six fire investigators from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal are on active duty. 

Action

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