As of July 1, 2019, all workers in Newfoundland and Labrador covered by the workplace injury system will be eligible for presumptive coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for injuries occurring on or after this date.
The legislation proclaimed in December 2018, presumes workers to have developed their diagnosed PTSD as a result of a traumatic event or multiple events at work. The diagnosis must be made by a psychiatrist or registered psychologist using the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
This change brings Newfoundland and Labrador in line with the important movement taking place across the country to update workers’ compensation legislation to recognize work-related mental health injuries.
“This progressive legislation will help injured workers receive the assistance they need earlier, leading to better outcomes in improving the worker’s overall health and well-being.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL
“At the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, our employees are our most valued resource and, as such, their health and wellness is of paramount importance. There is widespread recognition that first responders are at risk of developing an operational stress injury such as post-traumatic stress disorder, due to cumulative stress and/or single incident psychological trauma. This new legislation will offer the assistance needed to help support the overall health and well-being of our employees.”
Joseph A. Boland
Chief of Police, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
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