Ontario`s provincial government has now introduced legislation that will allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder faster and more efficient access to benefits and treatment.
The law would establish the premise that PTSD in first responders is work related, eliminating the need for them to confirm a formal link to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
The legislation covers 73,000 first responders, which includes police officers, paramedics, correctional workers and 911 dispatchers.
Labour Minister Kevin Flynn made the announcement on Thursday, stating that these workers are at least twice as likely to suffer PTSD, as those who are in the general public. He also wants to end the stigma that keeps some of the first responders from getting less help.