Canada bill would recognize PTSD as work-related illness
First responders won't have to prove they became ill because of their work if the bill passes
TORONTO — Ontario could follow Alberta and Manitoba's examples in recognizing post-traumatic stress disorder as a workplace illness for first responders, provided an NDP private member's bill moves through the legislature this winter.
The MPP for Parkdale—High Park says she's hopeful Bill 2, which has been introduced five times, will move forward when it comes up for debate in February. The bill passed its first reading in July 2014.
The amendment would shift the burden of proof so that a first responder diagnosed with PTSD would automatically be considered for compensation if they needed to take a medical leave.