We will offer greater financial security to the families of disabled or deceased public safety officers, and deliver a new plan to address PTSD.
We ask public safety officers to stand in harm’s way to protect Canadians and keep us safe, and they deserve the highest level of support and care when the unthinkable happens.
We will introduce a public safety officer compensation benefit to be paid to the families of fire fighters, police officers, and paramedics killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. This $300,000 benefit will offer a measure of financial security to families who are struggling with permanently changed life circumstances or the loss of a loved one.
When it comes to post-traumatic stress disorder, the kind of support that a first responder receives should be based on their need, not on where they live. We will work with the provinces and territories to develop a coordinated national action plan on post-traumatic stress disorder, which disproportionately affects public safety officers.