How would vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers be af­fected?

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS -

there are 178 vol­un­teer fire­fighter de­part­ments in On­tario, mostly ru­ral most vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers are paid a small stipend that dif­fers by mu­nic­i­pal­ity. In Strathroy-Caradoc, for in­stance, fire­fight­ers re­ceive two points for re­spond­ing to a call and one point for each half hour worked. Each point pays out $14.42 if the labour bill passes, each of Strathroy-Caradoc’s 78 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers would re­ceive a min­i­mum of eight points per day, ev­ery day of the year, cost­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity more than $3.2 mil­lion per year — up from $608,000 pre­vi­ously mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with a mix­ture of full-time and part-time fire­fighter staff would re­quire their vol­un­teers be paid the same rate as reg­u­lar staff

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