WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has amended the Workers Compensation Act to include additional cancers pertaining to firefighters.
Five more cancers were added to the list Friday, joining 14 already included in the act.
“These additions to the firefighters presumptive cancer list will make Manitoba’s legislation one of the strongest in the world and our legislation will be a template for proper WCB support for firefighters around the world being diagnosed with occupational cancers they received due to the exposures they encountered while simply doing their job,” said Alex Forrest, president, Manitoba Professional Firefighters Association.
“This support for our sisters in the fire service to have equal protection as their male counterparts would not have been possible without Heather Stefanson becoming our Premier.”
Being added to the 14 types of cancer already included in the act are:
- Primary site thyroid cancer
- Primary site pancreatic cancer
- Primary ovarian cancer
- Primary site cervical cancer
- Primary site penile cancer
The first list of presumptive cancers for firefighters was added to the act in 2002. The list was expanded in 2005, with coverage extended to part-time firefighters. The list was further expanded in 2009, and again in 2011, along with the addition of coverage for Fire Commissioner personnel.
Great support from our sisters across MB for Premier Stefanson after the introduction of the Bill adding 5 cancers (ovarian, cervicle, penile. thyroid, and pancreatic). Thx Premier Stefanson & her gov’t for this support. ?@UFFW867? ?@IAFFNewsDesk? ?@IAFFCanada? pic.twitter.com/8nDV7BxBRH
— Fred LeBlanc (@iaff13thdvp) November 26, 2021
Our government has introduced the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, adding several reproductive cancers to the list of occupational diseases, ensuring that all Manitoba firefighters have the coverage they need, that reflects the dangerous work they do.https://t.co/yKIXTfafi8 pic.twitter.com/J72BDoIz0C
— Heather Stefanson (@HStefansonMB) November 26, 2021