New Committee to Help Ontario Paramedics Facing Unique Risks

The Ontario government is establishing a new Paramedic Services Committee to develop resources that address the unique risks facing paramedics.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones made the announcement this morning alongside Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

The committee falls under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OHSA committees, are comprised of both employer and labour representatives, who provide the Minister with technical expertise and sector-specific advice on health and safety issues, including recommending regulatory changes and actions on emerging issues.

“Ontario’s paramedics have been valuable partners to our government in building a more convenient and connected health care system,” said Jones. “Many go above and beyond to be there for Ontarians and as we continue to work together to deliver care across the province, this new committee will ensure our paramedics have the support and protection they deserve.”

In a release, the province says paramedics respond to over 1.6 million calls every year, facing risks that are separate and distinct from those of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who typically don’t engage with their patients outside of their hospital, facility or office.

The new committee will complement the existing first responder committees for fire and police services while providing a focused channel for recommendations from experts, employers, and workers.

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