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Ontario allows mandatory retirement at age 60

May 31, 2011, Ontario – Changes to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act passed in the legislature today, allowing mandatory retirement at age 60 for the province's salaried firefighters in an effort to standardize the retirement age across the province.

May 31, 2011
By Ontario Ministry of Labour

May 31, 2011, Ontario – A new law in Ontario will allow
mandatory retirement at age 60 for the province's salaried firefighters.

Changes to the Fire
Protection and Prevention Act, which passed in the legislature today, will
help to standardize the retirement age across the province. This change recognizes the unique physical and
hazardous work firefighters do to keep communities safe.

Most municipalities already
include a mandatory retirement age for firefighters in their collective
agreements. The new legislation will
provide other municipalities two years to negotiate a new retirement provision.

The changes will only apply to
salaried firefighters involved in frontline fire fighting duties.

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A motion calling on the
government to allow mandatory retirement of firefighters at age 60 was
unanimously passed in the Legislature on March 10, 2011.