News Release Feedback sought on proposed legislative change for correctional officers making PTSD claims

August 8, 2023

We want to hear from you.

WorkSafeNB has launched a public consultation to seek input on whether to pursue a legislative change under the Workers’ Compensation Act that would provide a presumptive clause for any correctional officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a work-related incident.

Correctional officers are regularly exposed to violence, conflicts and disturbing incidents within correctional facilities. There is increasing information on mental health impacts of public safety work on its employees, including correctional officers.

With this change, a confirmed diagnosis for PTSD for a correctional officer would be presumed work-related unless the contrary is shown.

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics currently receive this presumption in New Brunswick under the definition of emergency support workers.

This consultation aims to gather your thoughts on including correctional officers under the definition of emergency response worker. Additional amendments to this definition of emergency response worker may be considered in the future.

Please complete the consultation survey to share your thoughts on this proposed change and please spread the word with your networks.


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