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First Responders Day Act, 2013 , S.O. 2013, c. 11 - Bill 15

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This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 15 and does not form part of the law.  Bill 15 has been enacted as Chapter 11 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2013.


The Bill proclaims May 1 in each year as First Responders Day.


chapter 11

An Act to proclaim First Responders Day

Assented to December 12, 2013


First responders are those men and women who, in the early stages of an emergency, are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence and the environment. They include police officers, firefighters, military personnel, paramedics, medical evacuation pilots, dispatchers, nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians and emergency managers.

First responders are volunteers and professionals who have dedicated their lives to public service. Their life-saving skills often make the difference between life and death. Their public service deserves to be recognized and honoured.

Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

First Responders Day

1. May 1 in each year is proclaimed as First Responders Day.


2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

3. The short title of this Act is the First Responders Day Act, 2013.