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WorkSafeNB should cover more cancer types: Liberals

By Brad Perry May 29, 2024 | 6:53 AM

New Brunswick’s Liberals want to see more cancer types covered by WorkSafeNB for firefighters.

Members of the Official Opposition tabled a motion in the provincial legislature last week.

They say New Brunswick ranks second-last with the lowest number of cancer types covered.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day, facing significant risks that most of us can barely imagine,” MLA Jean-Claude D’Amours said in a news release.

“It is deeply unfair that they must also face financial difficulties should they develop cancer due to their work.”

The proposed resolution urges the New Brunswick government to update its regulations with the more comprehensive support available in neighbouring provinces.

It calls for the inclusion of several types of cancers, including breast, prostate, skin, thyroid, ovarian, cervical, pancreatic, multiple myeloma, and mesothelioma.

“Firefighters in New Brunswick deserve the same support and recognition as their counterparts across the country,” said MLA Marco LeBlanc.

“By expanding the list of qualifying cancers to include a broader range, we acknowledge their sacrifices and ensure they can access the necessary medical care without additional stress.”

Meanwhile, WorkSafeNB recently announced it is considering asking the government to expand the list of presumptive cancers for firefighters.

The agency launched public consultation in April to gather feedback from various groups, including firefighter unions, municipalities, government agencies, and large employers.

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