"This bill is the Captain Craig Bowman Act, and I’m pleased to be joined by the family of Captain Craig Bowman. Craig Bowman passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2023. We’re joined by his wife, Alisen, daughter, Lexi, his son, Colin, Carol Damiano, Craig’s mother-in-law, and Carrie Bowman, Craig’s sister-in-law.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, currently sets out a presumption that applies in respect of a worker who is a firefighter or a fire investigator and who suffers from and is impaired by a prescribed disease. Provided any prescribed conditions and restrictions are satisfied, the disease is presumed to be an occupational disease that occurs due to the nature of the worker’s employment as a firefighter or a fire investigator unless the contrary is shown. Currently, the regulations provide that in order for the presumption to apply in respect of primary-site esophageal cancer, the length of employment must have been at least a total of 25 years before being diagnosed. The bill amends the act to provide that the length of employment required in order for this presumption to apply is at least a total of 20 years before being diagnosed." - Ontario Hansard - 07-June2023