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03 July 2019
On 8 May 2019 Bill 18 – Workers Compensation Amendment Act 2019 passed its third reading in the British Columbia Legislature. Bill 18 proposes to expand the definition of 'firefighter' under the Workers Compensation Act for the purpose of presumptions in favour of compensation for firefighters. If passed, fire investigators, forest firefighters and firefighters employed by first nations, band councils and other indigenous organisations will be included in the definition of 'firefighter' under the act.
The amendment is being made in order to:
Bill 18 also follows amendments made to the Workers Compensation Act in 2018 to include presumptions in favour of compensation for certain mental illnesses for certain occupations, including firefighters.
On 13 May 2019 the second reading of Bill 8 – Employment Standards Amendment Act 2019 was held (for further details please see "Bill 8: major changes to Employment Standards Act introduced"). A second reading is where a bill is further introduced and members of the Legislative Assembly debate its general principles and goal.
During the second reading, Labour Minister Harry Bains provided the following additional details around some of the government's proposed amendments:
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