Support for Volunteer Firefighters Act

An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act (volunteer firefighters)

Sponsor

Christine Moore  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Feb. 3, 2016

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Canada Labour Code to prohibit disciplinary action against volunteer firefighters who must leave work or fail to appear at work in order to act in that capacity.

It also amends the Employment Insurance Act to provide that claimants remain eligible for employment insurance for any day on which they provide services as a volunteer firefighter.

Elsewhere

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Support for Volunteer Firefighters ActRoutine Proceedings

February 3rd, 2016 / 3:30 p.m.
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NDP

Christine Moore NDP Abitibi—Témiscamingue, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-215, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act (volunteer firefighters).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to reintroduce a bill that I introduced in the previous Parliament.

The purpose of the bill is to protect volunteer firefighters, who are key to many rural communities. Their decision to respond to a fire should not adversely affect their other job or their employment insurance benefits, if they are receiving any at the time.

My bill seeks not only to protect volunteer firefighters and our communities, but also to make it easier to recruit volunteer firefighters in our small communities.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)