On July 30th 2019, the Provincial Government stated that 60% of Ontario’s Firefighters are volunteers, many serving in smaller communities. Full-time Firefighters have benefits through work, while the maximum coverage varies per Service, volunteer Firefighters are on their own when it comes to mental health care.
The Provincial Government is investing $3.8 billion dollars over the next 10 years into mental health for Ontario’s Firefighters.
The Haven is a much more affordable and a much more accessible option, not only for Firefighters but for all First Responders and Uniform Personnel. We are seeking funding from Emergency Services Associations. Currently serving and retired members from any of the contributing Associations will be able to attend The Haven to get the help they need without having to pay the initial cost.
Additionally, Ontario’s volunteer Firefighters will be treated at NO COST regardless of whether their Service, Association and/or Municipality contributes to The Haven. That’s how we look after our own.
Posted by FFAO – Firefighters Association of Ontario on Monday, August 5, 2019