New Incentive Payment for Wildland Firefighting Staff

On March 21, 2024, the Ontario Government announced a new retention incentive program, offering up to $5,000 to front-line employees in fire, aviation, and critical support roles. 

In addition to the $5,000 incentive payment, all other support staff represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) within the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are eligible for a one-time payment of up to $1,000. 

The National Payroll Institute monitors the impact on employers and will keep its members informed. 

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