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To: Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Support our wildland firefighters on the frontlines of the climate crisis

Re-classify wildland firefighters as ‘public safety’ workers to support better benefits and working conditions

Why is this important?

As a wildland firefighter, I work at the frontlines of the climate crisis to help protect people and homes from ever-intensifying wildfires that devastate our communities.

We risk our lives to fight these deadly fires. But it’s a hard job. Low wages and benefits, and extreme working conditions have created a staffing crisis amongst our ranks, putting a heavy burden on wildland firefighters right as climate change is making wildfires more extreme.

A simple change to how the federal government classifies our jobs from ‘forestry’ to ‘public safety’ – like our colleagues who work in municipal fire departments — could help improve our working conditions and benefits and ensure our ranks don’t dwindle right as our communities need us most. 

A cross-party group of MPs are already calling for this change, we just need to get the federal government on board too. As the climate crisis deepens, we need to invest in good jobs that help protect our communities in the face of wildfires, heatwaves, and flooding. Will you support better working conditions for wildland firefighters like me and add your name to my petition now?

Updates

2024-06-27 08:45:50 -0400

500 signatures reached

2024-06-26 15:20:38 -0400

100 signatures reached

2024-06-26 15:02:10 -0400

50 signatures reached

2024-06-26 14:54:21 -0400

25 signatures reached

2024-06-26 14:51:39 -0400

10 signatures reached