06/08/2015 09:28 EDT | Updated 06/08/2016 05:59 EDT

Manitoba Expanding PTSD Help For All Workers

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is expanding compensation coverage for workers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Premier Greg Selinger says a bill now before the legislature is the broadest in Canada, because it applies to all workers, not just emergency responders.

It calls for the presumption that workers suffering from PTSD got it on the job — as long as they are diagnosed by a medical professional.

Selinger says that means faster access to treatment and compensation.

Union leaders were on hand to applaud the bill.

Sandi Mowat, president of the Manitoba Nurses Union, says many of her members have PTSD and the proposal legislation would eliminate some of the barriers in the way of getting help.

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