Canadian Legislative Conference
Set for April 27-30
January 14, 2014 -- IAFF members from across Canada will return to Ottawa April 27-30, 2014, to lobby their MPs on a number of issues important to Canada’s professional fire fighters.
The 21st edition of the conference takes place in a new venue, the newly-renovated Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, which is across the street from the IAFF Canadian Office and two blocks from Parliament Hill.
The IAFF’s Canadian Legislative Agenda for 2014 is in the process of being finalized and will be announced in early February. The need to amend the National Building Code of Canada to recognize fire fighter safety will be a key issue, as will the need to establish a national Public Safety Officer Compensation (PSOC) benefit.
But the issue of pandemic preparedness will not be on the agenda for 2014, thanks to an IAFF legislative victory. As a direct result of lobbying by the IAFF, the Canadian government has committed that an upcoming revision of the nation’s pandemic plan will clarify that fire fighters are medical first responders should be grouped with other healthcare workers when decisions about vaccine prioritization are being made.
Detailed information about the IAFF’s 2014 legislative
agenda, Conference registration and hotel reservations will be e-mailed to
Canadian affiliate leaders in the coming weeks.
IAFF Canada is also working to extend federal government funding for
the Canadian Haz-Mat & CBRNE Training Initiative, and assisting with local and provincial affiliates on major initiatives on
emergency medical services (EMS) and strategic messaging in 2014.
Updates from the IAFF Canadian Office are available on an ongoing basis through Twitter and Facebook.