Posted: Mar 24, 2017 in News
Government of Canada commits $80 million to support families of fallen public safety officers
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) applauds Minister Goodale and the Government of Canada for announcing the Community Heroes benefit in yesterday’s budget. The benefit will give $80 million over five years beginning in 2018-19 and $20 million thereafter to support the families of public safety officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
“Looking after the families of colleagues who have been seriously injured or killed while serving Canadians is a major priority for the paramedic community,” said Chris Hood, President of the Paramedic Association of Canada. “We are pleased that the Government of Canada shares that commitment and is backing it up with action.”
The Community Heroes fund was a Liberal commitment from the 2015 election and a key item in Minister Goodale’s mandate letter. The benefit will go directly to the families of paramedics, fire fighters and police officers who are killed in the line of duty.
“Paramedics put themselves in harms way each day and it provides comfort to know that our families will be taken care of,” adds Hood. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the federal government to improve the well-being of all first responders.”
The Paramedic Association of Canada is the national voice of paramedicine and has a voluntary membership of over 20,000 paramedic members, each belonging to a provincial chapter and/or the Canadian Armed Forces. Our goal is to have paramedicine recognized in primary health care and to provide quality care for the public through leadership in the advancement of the profession.
Chris Hood, President
Paramedic Association of Canada