Ontario may be next to recognize PTSD as workplace illness

Private member’s bill up for debate in February

Ontario could be the next province to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder as a workplace illness for first responders, if a private member’s bill passes through the house.

The bill would change the burden of proof so that first responders with PTSD would be automatically considered for workers’ compensation if she needed to take medical leave.

Alberta and Manitoba have similar legislation in place.

Currently, Ontario requires first responders to prove they were exposed to the trauma that caused PTSD while at work. This can allow insurers the ability to argue that there is not a direct link between the traumatic event in the line of duty and the PTSD diagnosis.

The bill is scheduled for debate in February, according to reports. It has already passed first reading.

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