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Consultation Opportunity - Proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act

Many of you have probably heard that the government has introduced amendments to the Workers Compensation Act.

These amendments relate to automatic coverage for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for emergency responders, including Continuing Care Assistants, Correctional Officers, Emergency Response Dispatchers, Firefighters, Nurses, Paramedics, Police-Officers and others.

The Bill can be seen here:

More information about the proposed amendments can be found at


The proposed changes to the Act will be going before the Law Amendments Committee very soon. This Committee hears representations from any interested persons or organizations about the contents of Public Bills.

Any Nova Scotian can present their input into the bill before the Law Amendments Committee, either in person or in writing.

Once the bill passes the Committee stage there is no further opportunity for public input.


In person:

If you are interested in presenting on this bill you need to call the Legislative Council Office as soon as possible.

They will add your name to the list of presenters. You will then be notified of the date and time of the Committee Meeting when it is scheduled.

In writing:

If you prefer not to present to the Committee in person, you can provide written submissions through the Legislative Counsel Office.

Submissions can be typed or handwritten. They must be addressed to the committee and include your name, and should be sent by fax or e-mail before the last committee meeting on the Bill.


Office of the Legislative Counsel
CIBC Building, suite 802
1809 Barrington Street
Halifax NS B3J 2X1

Tel: 902-424-8941
Fax: 902 424-0547

All input provided – in person or in writing – becomes part of the public record.

We hope you will take this opportunity to have your voice heard. The Office of the Worker Counsellor believes these amendments could be an important step forward for workers in Nova Scotia.

If you have questions you can contact us at 902-455-5455 or at

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