Ontario increases cancer coverage for firefighters in York Region

Ontario is making it easier for firefighters in Oak Ridges-Markham and across the province to get the help and care they need by extending the presumption for entitlement to benefits for cervical, ovarian and penile cancers.

By adding the three cancers to the list presumed to be related to their work, firefighters and fire investigators will have greater access to healthcare and compensation. With the expanded presumption, once a firefighter is diagnosed with cervical, ovarian or penile cancer, the claims process for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits will be expedited, and firefighters will not be required to prove a causal link between these cancers and a workplace exposure.

Claims related to cervical, ovarian and penile cancers will be retroactive to January 1, 1960. This will apply to full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters, firefighters employed by band councils and fire investigators.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line daily to protect our communities,” said Oak Ridges-Markham MPP Dr. Helena Jaczek, in a news release. “The extension of coverage to more types of cancer will make it easier for our firefighters to get the help and care they need.”


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