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Lung cancer added to Ontario firefighter health coverage

The City of Ottawa is budgeting an extra $3 million for workers’ compensation for firefighters in 2016, as the list of cancers presumed to be related to a fire fighter’s exposure to toxins on the job grows longer.

As of Jan. 1, the onus is no longer on firefighters — full-time, part-time and volunteer — and fire investigators in Ontario to prove their lung cancer is work-related.


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