Province Agrees to Federal First Responders Grant
The Province will now support a federal government initiative to provide a $300,000 memorial grant to families of first responders who are killed in the line of duty.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice says families of firefighters, police officers and paramedics who are fatally injured on the job are eligible for the federally funded award.
Mark Furey says, “We count on first responders to be there when we need them most. We are pleased to partner with the federal government to provide this powerful recognition to the brave people who put themselves at risk to keep us safe and well every day.”
The Memorial Grant Program for First Responders is a federal government program established by Public Safety Canada. The Province has signed an agreement with the federal government to not tax the grant and to ensure that other payments a recipient receives from government, like income assistance payments, are not impacted.
Nova Scotia has more than 7,500 firefighters, 1,900 police officers, and 1,000 paramedics.
The grant provides a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct payment of $300,000 to families of first responders killed in the line of duty. The Government of Canada has committed $23.4 million per year to this program.
For more information about the memorial grant, visit https://memorialgrant.ca.
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