Feds to enhance benefits for public safety officers

Jun 29, 2016

The Government of Canada is committed to enhance compensation benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. This includes the creation of a public safety officers compensation benefit for firefighters, police officers and paramedics. In listening to representatives from the three public safety officer groups, the Government of Canada will better understand their compensations needs.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, participated this week in the Tri-Services Roundtable on Compensation Benefits for Public Safety Officers. Participants included associations, practitioners and unions representing the three services – firefighters, police officers and paramedics. The information gained from the Roundtable will be used to design a compensation benefit that best meets the needs of public safety officers. This initiative aims to offer a measure of financial security to families who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or permanently changed life circumstance.

“When firefighters, police officers and paramedics put their safety on the line, they are acting in service to all Canadians," the Minister said. "I am pleased to be able to advance efforts to support these courageous men, women and their families. It remains a priority for me and for the Government of Canada.”