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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2009

B.C. recognizes firefighters’ lung cancer risk

Victoria — Lung cancer is being added to the list of cancers recognized as occupational diseases for firefighters in British Columbia. The province has introduced an amendment to its Workers’ Compensation Act to cover lung cancer for non-smokers that, if passed, will be retroactive to May 27, 2008. Full-time, volunteer, part-time and paid on-call firefighters would qualify for this coverage. In 2005, B.C. recognized certain cancers as occupational diseases for firefighters, including brain cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ureter cancer, colorectal cancer, leukemia and testicular cancer.

Manitoba protects temp foreign workers