Memorial Grant Program
The Memorial Grant Program for Line of Duty Deaths, Critical Illness and PTSD for Public Safety Occupations (Police, Fire, Paramedics) is a project the OPA has supported with the Paramedic Association of Canada to ensure surviving spouses or immediate family members would receive a $300,000.00 tax-free federal bursary that is separate from insurance payouts or benefits.
Police, Paramedics and firefighters lobbied together for inclusion in this important new Memorial Grant Program. The official program start date was April 01, 2018. This memorial grant is not retroactive.
We would like to thank government for supporting those who save lives and provide care in our communities across Canada.
As paid members of the OPA and PAC, thousands of paramedics and support staff across Ontario are to be credited with bringing this new Memorial Grant Program to fruition. We would also like to recognize our chapters for their support:
Our next steps will be to work with Public Safety Canada ensure this important Memorial Grant Program is properly integrated at the provincial level as a non-taxable benefit.
Background: Darryl Wilton (OPA), MP Todd Doherty, Steve Hallam (PPAO), Catherine Du Puy (CPMF).
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