Natyshak’s bill to expand PTSD coverage for first responders passes critical stage in legislature
Nurses, police service employees and others one step closer to coverage
QUEEN’S PARK—Today, NDP Community Safety and Correctional Services critic Taras Natyshak’s bill to expand post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) coverage through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for all first responders became one step closer to becoming law.
“Nurses, police service employees, probation and parole officers and other first responders were disappointed when they were left out of initial legislation granting PTSD coverage through WSIB,” said Natyshak. “These professionals put their lives on the line each and every day and endure violent traumas not seen in other workplaces. They protect and heal us—it’s due time we looked after them.”
While the Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) passed into law last year, the legislation left out critical first responders such as nurses, health care workers and police service employees. Natyshak’s bill would extend benefits to these workers.
“First responder need assistance now,” said Natyshak. “With the bill passing the critical second reading stage, the Wynne government must not waste any more time in granting our front line responders the support they deserve. The bill must immediately be called to committee and enacted into law.”