The ef­fect

The London Free Press - - ONTARIO -

How would vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers be af­fected?

• There are 178 vol­un­teer fire­fighter de­part­ments in On­tario, mostly ru­ral.

• Most vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers are paid a stipend that dif­fers by mu­nic­i­pal­ity. In StrathroyCaradoc, 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 a day, every day of the year, cost­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity $3.3 mil­lion a year, up from $608,000.

• Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with both full and part-time fire­fighter staff would be re­quired to pay vol­un­teers the same rate as reg­u­lar staff.

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