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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2009

Manitoba could add 2 more cancers to WCB

Winnipeg — Manitoba has proposed adding esophageal and primary site testicular cancer to a list of occupational cancers covered by workers’ compensation for firefighters. The proposed changes would amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to add the two diseases to the list of occupational disease presumptions for firefighters. In 2002, Manitoba became the first jurisdiction in Canada to have a firefighter presumption, which included brain and kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. Since then, bladder, ureter, colorectal and lung cancer in non-smokers, along with heart injuries within 24 hours of an emergency response, have all been deemed work-related injuries for volunteer, full- and part-time firefighters.

Nova Scotia increases pension contributions