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Nova Scotia announces memorial grant for first responder families

October 30, 2019
By FFIC Staff

Oct. 30, 2019, Halifax – Families of first responders in Nova Scotia who die as a result of their duties can receive a $300,000 memorial grant to recognize their sacrifice and service. The families of firefighters, police officers and paramedics who are fatally injured on the job are eligible for the federally funded award.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey made the announcement on Oct. 28, at a community event in Bridgewater.

The Memorial Grant Program for first responders is a federal government program established by Public Safety Canada. The Province of Nova Scotia has signed an agreement with the federal government to not tax the grant and to ensure that other payments a recipient receives from government – for example, income assistance payments are not impacted. The grant will provide a one-time lump sum, direct payment.

The Government of Canada has committed a total of $117.4 million over five years for this program, starting in 2018-19, and $23.4 million per year after.