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Ontario looks after its firefighters

Saturday, May 03, 2014   by: Staff



Ontario Liberals increasing cancer coverage for firefighters

Today, the Ontario Liberal government announced it is helping firefighters and their families by adding six cancers to the list of those presumed to be related to their work.

“Firefighters work hard to help ensure our families are safe,” said David Orazietti, MPP. “They put their lives on the line for Ontarians and it is important that we do everything we can for their health and safety. Today’s announcement recognizes the significant sacrifices our firefighters make every day and supports them and their families when they are in need.”

Breast cancer, multiple myeloma and testicular cancer will be added to the list immediately.

Prostate cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer will be phased in by 2017.

These changes make Ontario a leader in protection for firefighters and will make it easier for firefighters to access benefits through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

“I’m very pleased that the government has taken action to increase the on-the-job protections for firefighters,” said Rob Greve, President of the Sault Ste. Marie Professional Firefighters. “Extending presumptive status for additional cancers will help ensure that those requiring care get the medical supports they need.”

The extension of presumptive status for the six additional cancers will be retroactive to January 1, 1960, and apply to full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters and fire investigators.


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yukon 9970 5/3/2014 10:21:08 AM Report

what about the construction worker,that has to travel from one end of the country to the other.he also puts his life on the line everyday to provide for his family.guess the government forgets bout us!
Sam C 5/3/2014 10:28:01 AM Report

The difference, Yukon, is that construction workers have the right to refuse unsafe work.
clicksmart 5/3/2014 10:30:46 AM Report

Sam C Well said.
yukon 9970 5/3/2014 10:57:13 AM Report

sam c.16 construction worker deaths in ontario last year.maybe they shouldve refused that work that day.nothin good goes to their families,just sayin
irishfey 5/3/2014 11:08:56 AM Report

Nice to know, but think it"s just the Liberals seeking more votes!
I'm In 5/3/2014 11:19:38 AM Report

Ah yes irishfey it is election time and you will see photo op Dave more than you care too for the next 5 weeks.
Vicci 5/3/2014 11:32:10 AM Report

As do the firefighters Sam C. Remember the Elliot Lake Mall collapse.
anapeg 5/3/2014 12:32:08 PM Report

The timing of this seems serendipitous does it not? Amazing how they find the money to do the right thing at such a fortuitous moment. Politicians are a slimy lot.
last1standing 5/3/2014 12:41:48 PM Report

Really Dave. I think i need to vomit now.I am completely stunned at your press releases.
KDawg 5/3/2014 7:18:41 PM Report

The Liberals have pulled this crap at every election time over the last 11 years -- I'm tired of having my own money thrown in my face.

Our debt is double what it was before the Liberals were first elected in 2003. $Billions in wasted green energy policies (read higher PUC bills). $Billions to cancel gas plants to save a few seats. ORNGE scandal. eHealth scandal.

Why would anyone vote Liberal next month?
bigG47 5/4/2014 12:04:53 AM Report

Vote NDP, or expect more of the same from the PCs !!
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