B.C. to expand firefighter occupational disease coverage to wildfire fighters – kamloopsmatters

VICTORIA — Firefighters who have battled British Columbia wildfires, fire investigators and fire crews working for Indigenous groups will be eligible for greater access to job-related health compensation under legislation introduced Thursday.

Labour Minister Harry Bains tabled amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that extends occupational disease and mental-health benefits to more people who work around fires.

The proposed changes will expand cancer, heart disease and mental-health disorder presumptions to include the three other job categories, because Bains says those workers are often involved in the traumatic issues related to fires.

Read More: https://www.kamloopsmatters.com/bc-news/bc-to-expand-firefighter-occupational-disease-coverage-to-wildfire-fighters-1369760

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