First Responders

We will take care of the people who take care of us.

Our firefighters, police officers, and paramedics put their own safety on the line every day in service to all Canadians, at great personal expense. We will continue to support our first responders and public safety workers by recommitting to advancing Canada’s first-ever National Action Plan on post-traumatic stress injuries.

In recognition of this unique service, we created the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders, which provides a lump-sum, tax-free payment of up to $300,000 to family members of first responders who have died as a result of their duties.

We will expand the Memorial Grant Program to include correctional workers by the end of 2020, and will continue to consult with other public safety workers to further broaden the program as appropriate.

People who work in Canada’s correctional system also play a critical role in protecting the public, doing difficult work in a uniquely challenging and often dangerous environment. Thankfully, work-related deaths are rare for these employees, but when they happen, we need to be there to support the families they leave behind.