Memorial Grant for First Responders – April 12, 2018

Memorial Grant for First Responders

April 12, 2018

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that Public Safety Canada has launched the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders. This grant program recognizes the service and sacrifice of first responders who die as a direct result of carrying out their duties.

“This is a grant you hope never needs to be given out, but is necessary to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of a first responder and to ensure that their loved ones are taken care of,” stated MP Eglinski.

Through the Memorial Grant Program, families of first responders – police, firefighters and paramedics, including volunteers, reservists and auxiliary members – that lose a loved one as a direct result of their duties, will receive a one-time lump sum, tax-free payment of $300,000. The Program took effect on April 1, 2018, and will be implemented in cooperation with provinces and territories.

The Memorial Grant is a non-economic benefit and does not compensate families of first responders for monetary loss (income replacement) or serve as life insurance, but rather, is in recognition of their service and sacrifice.

“As a former RCMP officer for 35 years, I know the sacrifices that first responders make to perform their duties each day. First responders, without hesitation, put their lives on the line.  It is up to the government to ensure their families receive the support they need in the event that a loved one doesn’t return from the line of duty,” concluded MP Eglinski.

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