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CAFC Welcomes New Federal Government

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Ottawa – The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) is looking forward to working with the new government, elected on October 19th, to ensure the continued public safety of Canadians.

"On behalf of Fire Chiefs across the country, I would like to offer our congratulations to Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal Party for their election victory,” said Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault, President of the CAFC.

As part of CAFC’s 2015 advocacy efforts, a questionnaire on key public policy issues was submitted to each of the three main federal political parties. The questions submitted were under the following themes: (a) Canada’s all-Hazards emergency response teams; (b) residential sprinklers; (c) mental health; (d) transportation of dangerous goods; and (e) the volunteer firefighter tax credit.


The Liberal Party’s response was very encouraging for CAFC’s members, including committing to "immediately restor[ing] federal funding for the four Heavy Urban Search and Rescue teams” and maintaining the current volunteer firefighter tax credit, a measure the Liberals had advanced while in opposition.

"We are delighted that the Liberal Party agreed with many of our key advocacy positions, and we look forward to working with the new Prime Minister and his soon-to-be announced Cabinet to see them through to fruition,” added Boissonneault.


General Information & Media Inquiries:

Erika Adams
Director, Policy, Research ​and Communications
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs 
(613) 220-6182
[email protected] 

About the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs

Founded in 1909, the CAFC is an independent, non-profit organization representing approximately 3,500 fire departments across Canada. As the voice of fire services in Canada, the CAFC promotes the highest standard of public safety in an ever changing and increasingly complex world. CAFC acts as the national public service association dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property from fire. For more information on the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, visit our website:


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