Statement Regarding Bill 163, Ontario's First Responders Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), 2016

TORONTO, April 5, 2016 /CNW/ - We would like to congratulate Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and MPP Cheri Di Novo, Parkdale/High Park for their tireless work in advancing this historic bill.

This legislation will authorize the Ministry of Labour to request and publish PTSD prevention plans from employers. It is our hope that these plans will require organizations to develop a comprehensive mental health wellness strategy, which include the enhancement of mental health awareness and stigma reduction, mitigation, intervention, accommodation and back-to-work policies and procedures.

We applaud this legislation, but we must remember that first responders may suffer from a variety of mental health issues, including, but not limited to cumulative stress, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. These stressors can be as debilitating as post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, these stressors are not recognized in this legislation. We hope, that with time, these additional stressors will be recognized and included in future amendments.

About The Tema Conter Memorial Trust

Celebrating 15 years in 2016, The Tema Conter Memorial Trust was established to offer resources and support to emergency services and military personnel. Through research, education, training, and through the provision of peer and psychological support, we aim to help these men and women when they need it most.

Join us between May 2nd and July 22, 2016, as we embark on a cross-Canada Resiliency awareness tour visiting 48 cities and towns from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Please visit for more information

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