Opposition MLA Jamie Fox is calling on government to enact changes made to the Workers Compensation Act this fall that would extend supports to workers with post-traumatic stress disorder.
A private member’s bill brought forward by Fox was passed in the fall session of the legislature and amended the Workers Compensation Act to allow for coverage of workplace injuries related to post-traumatic stress disorder. (PTSD).
The bill was supported by Prince Edward Island first responders and was unanimously passed by the legislature and received Royal Assent on Dec. 20, 2017.
But the legislation has not yet been proclaimed by cabinet — the final step needed to enact any new law or changes to existing laws.
Fox says it’s time to proclaim the act.
“Island workers who are suffering from PTSD injuries in the workplace should be able to get help. That’s why I brought forward Bill 102 and that’s why all parties in the house supported it — because it’s the right thing to do,” he said.
“I’m asking that the government proclaim this law into effect so that Island workers can get the help they need.”