Labour Minister Don Morgan introduced changes to The Workers’ Compensation Act on Tuesday in the legislature.
The change will expand workers’ compensation coverage to workers suffering from psychological injuries.
The amendment to the act makes it easier for all workers, not just first-responders, to get the coverage they need after experiencing trauma in the workplace.
“It covers all types of psychological injury, not just PTSD, and we’re the first province in Canada to have that,” said Morgan.
Before the changes, workers had to provide additional proof that their psychological injury was work-related when filing their claims.
“PTSD is typically that singular event they look at, OSI (occupational stress injuries) has a bit more connection to that constant immersion into these type of traumatic events,” said Paul Hills, a vascular paramedic in Saskatoon.
In order to qualify for coverage a worker must provide a diagnosis from a psychologist or psychiatrist.