April 11 2018
Modified 2018-12-20 – Public Safety Canada
Summary plus opinion commentary
When firefighters, police officers and paramedics put their safety on the line, they are acting in service to all Canadians.
The effective date for the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders is April 1, 2018. For eligibility, the date of death must be on or after April 1, 2018. The Grant will not be retroactive. You may apply for the Memorial Grant any time after the date of death
It does not presently cover those who have been permanently disabled in the line of duty.
More details including how to apply
Large surveys show many Canadians support compensating first responders or their families if they have been injured or die in the line of duty.
Many also support helping the ones diagnosed and suffering from PTSD to help recover, prevent suicide or if it too late and they have taken their own life already to compensate their families.
Is there similar available for veterans?
In modern times more veterans in Canada have died as a result of PTSD than from serving and many of the ones alive and suffering are fighting to be diagnosed or get support.
There is also many Canadians that are well informed and feel most first responders are well compensated with higher than average salaries, pensions and other benefits including generous disability and death benefits.
If the past and current Provincial and Federal governments reigned in incompetence, bloated bureaucracy, other fiscal mismanagement, unethical influence and prevented and prosecuted corruption they would not owe over $1.5 Trillion in debt debt and have debilitating interest payments.
Then Canadians taxpayers would not be under so much tax burden that they living paycheck to paycheck or worse. Then more would support a grant like this.
Some taxpayers are asking if this payment on top of death benefits paid out by their public employment benefits?