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Pre-Budget Submission 2021
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The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs was pleased to provide its recommendations to the consultations of the Federal Finance Committee in advance of Budget 2021.


This year, CAFC asked:

  • That the Federal Government install a federal fire advisor to increase a whole of government approach to federal issues impacting the fire service
  • That the Federal Government continue to ensure that public safety services are maintained through adequate emergency operating funds to the municipalities.
  • That the Federal Government expand eligibility to fire and emergency services for programs like Investing in Canada, Gas Tax Fund, Airport Capital Assistance.
  • That the Federal Government reinstate a Joint Emergency Preparedness-type Program, while maintaining funding for Heavy Urban Search and Rescue.
  • That the Federal Government coordinate incentive programs that preserve the supply and savings provided by volunteer, paid on call and part time firefighters.
  • That the Federal Government direct the remaining $3M in earmarked funds for first responder mental health from Budget 2018 towards crisis prevention
  • That the Federal Government request milestones for the frontline from the$27M invested from Budget 2018 in first responder mental health research.
  • That the Federal Government continue to explore housing conditions for temporary foreign workers to ensure that fire regulations are enforced.
  • That the Federal Government advance the public safety broadband network to facilitate emergency communications, rural coverage and economic opportunity.

We welcome and encourage members to share the brief with your federal MP, staff and partners. It is available in both official languages.


Please read our submission here.


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