Government moves to enable coverage of PTSD for first-responders

Legislative amendments have been introduced Friday to give emergency responders better access to benefits.

Government says the changes will ensure covered emergency response workers no longer have to prove their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis was caused by a workplace incident.

They will also further clarify the claim process and who can get benefits. 

NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson says the legislation is an important step, but could have come a lot sooner.

He says he introduced a similar bill in 2014 that was not supported by the Liberal government despite broad support from first responders and mental health organizations.