Families of the fallen first responders eligible for new memorial grant

by Keith Corcoran

Families of police officers, paramedics and firefighters who die as a result of their duties are eligible to receive a $300,000 memorial grant in recognition of their service and sacrifice, the province announced in Bridgewater on October 28.

The federally-funded one-time lump sum, tax-free direct payment is available to families of first responders whose loved one died on or after April 1, 2018.

The program, administered by a Quebec-based consulting firm to deal with the application process on behalf of Public Safety Canada, applies to responders who were employed full-or-part-time, or served as a volunteer.

Specific eligibility requirements, information about necessary documentation, and other details can be found at www.memorialgrant.ca on the internet.

Ottawa has committed funding for the program.

The province has nearly 2,000 police officers, over 7,000 volunteer and career firefighters and 1,000 paramedics.

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