Ontario government extending cancer coverage for firefighters

The Ontario government is trying to protect those, who protect us.

The province is extending cancer coverage for firefighters in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, adding six more cancers to the list of those presumed to be related to the job.

In an interview with CTV News, John Sobey, Vice President of the Ottawa Firefighter Association said, "these things take time but good things come to those who wait and we're most happy for families of the fallen firefighters."

Breast cancer, multiple myeloma and testicular cancer will be added to the list immediately. Prostate cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer will be phased in by 2017.

The additional six will be retroactive to January 1960.

In Ottawa, two firefighters have died of cancer in the last three weeks alone.

The announcement came Wednesday night, on the eve of the Ontario Liberal budget. Premier Kathleen Wynne said the changes are not dependent on the budget passing.

With Files from CTV News

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