PTSD now covered under P.E.I. Workers Compensation Act

Legislation to have post-traumatic stress disorder covered under the Workers Compensation Act has passed the last step needed to come into effect.

On Tuesday, Workforce Minister Sonny Gallant confirmed in the legislature that cabinet proclaimed a private members bill that made PTSD covered by the Workers Compensation Board.

Jason Woodbury, Miscouche’s fire chief and president of CUPE local 3324, has been calling for the government to proclaim the bill since it passed in December and he was at the legislature Tuesday to hear the news.

Woodbury said it took five years of work to get the coverage for Island workers.

“It’s a relief,” he said.