First reponders are applauding a bid to introduce legislation that would improve access to compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The private members bill was introduced by NDP MLA Shane Simpson last week.
Lisa Jennings was a paramedic before PTSD crippled her life. She now advocates for others in her situation through a group called You Are Not Alone.
“We see the most horrific things that happen to people. To this day, I can’t smell gasoline without thinking of a gory car accident.”
Jennings says it is hard to get worker’s compensation because of a lengthy application process whereby claimants must prove that their PTSD was caused by work.
But she says under changes proposed in the bill, first responders could make WorkSafe claims without having to first prove the cause of their PTSD.
“So with the presumptive clause, once you’ve handed in that report, you get your financial benefit that you deserve and the treatment with the appropriate psychologist or psychiatrist.”
Alberta and Manitoba already have similar legislation in place.