Ontario Paramedics Disappointed with recent OMERS Ruling

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Two years after successfully lobbying to have
Ontario's Paramedics included as a Public Safety Occupation with the ability
to negotiate early retirement packages similar to other Emergency services,
the OMERS Board and sponsorship representatives on June 5, 2008 voted against
allowing Ontario's Paramedics to be able to retire early as part of an NRA 60
    "This could potentially put people's lives at risk" says OPA Director
Glen Gillies. "Retirement from our profession is a difficult milestone to
reach with all the physical, mental and emotional stress a Paramedic faces on
a daily basis". Ontario's Paramedics have the highest rate of "on-the job"
injury rates according to WSIB statistics. The ability to negotiate an early
retirement option is crucial to Paramedic & Public Safety.
    The OPA in partnership with local EMS Unions will continue to fight for
the right of early retirement for its members, and will continue to lobby
local and provincial governments to see that this hard fought for right is
accomplished for the nearly 5000 Ontario Paramedics who represent the life
safety net for Ontario's citizens.

    The Ontario Paramedic Association is a professional organization
representing paramedics from across the province. Our goals are to promote the
highest standard of care for our patients and to promote the profession of

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Paramedic Association:, Glen Gillies,
Director of Public & Media Relations, (905) 987-3534, e-mail:
ggillies@ontarioparamedic.ca; Mary Osinga, President, (705) 927-6257, website:

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