The province is set to pass legislation today that would recognize post traumatic stress disorder as a work related illness in first responders.
A large number of Paramedics, Police officers and firefighters are on hand to watch the bill pass third reading.
Currently first responders have to prove their PTSD is job related to be eligible for WSIB coverage.
Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says “the legislation will provide a sense of security to our first responders.”
The new law comes seven years after New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo first proposed a private member’s bill that would add PTSD to the list of conditions recognized as a workplace illness.
It means first-responders would no longer have to prove their PTSD was triggered by tragic situations they see on the job.
DiNovo says she would like to see the bill expanded to include nurses, special constables, bailiffs and parole officers.