Saskatchewan firefighters to get workers compensation for more illnesses

REGINA — Saskatchewan is expanding workers compensation to cover more cancers diagnosed in firefighters.

Prostate, skin, breast, cervical, ovarian and multiple myeloma cancers are to be added to the Workers' Compensation Board list on Friday.

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The presumptive coverage will cover professional and volunteer firefighters.

Presumptive coverage means that if a firefighter is diagnosed with that cancer, it will be considered to be work-related.

The change means Saskatchewan firefighters will have workers compensation for 15 forms of cancer as well as for heart ailments.

Labour Relations Minister Don Morgan says fire crews face many risks and the province wants to support them. (CJME)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 12, 2019.

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