The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation
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Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation 

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Welcome et Bienvenue to the C.C.I.S.F

The CCISF is a charitable organization dedicated to the mitigation of disabling stress and the fight against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Emergency Service Workers and Communities that have been involved in or exposed to traumatic events


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2015: 39 First Responders and 12 military members died by suicide.

2014: 27 First Responders and 19 military members died by suicide.

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WE have heard your requests for annual support and training at a national level and are pleased to announce that the Critical Incident Foundation will be hosting the 2017 Critical Incident Stress Canadian Congress April 25th and 26th  at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario!

Post-congress training will take place April 27th and 28th with many options of ICISF certified courses

MUST ATTEND Experience for anyone in the field of:
Emergency Services * Crisis Intervention * Disaster Response * Management * Education * Employee Assistance * Health Care * Human Resources * Mental Health * Military * Spiritual Care * Industries

This conference will explore the changing world of Crisis Management and steps to take to ensure a healthy workplace.

The Canadian Critical Incident Conference/training brings together an exciting agenda of anticipated sessions and speakers, accredited training, along with a diverse group of delegates to explore the ever changing field of Crisis Management.

You will hear from leading experts in the field, listen to personal stories of determination and resilience, explore lessons learned, share in thoughtful and in-depth panel discussions and participate in useful, new and noteworthy workshops.

The Canadian Critical Incident Stress congress affords attendees the opportunity to network with crisis practitioners, leaders, crisis responders and researchers.  From plenary speakers to assorted workshops to the rich experience of delegates in attendance, this conference is a must attend!






Upcoming Fundraising Events

  •  SEPTEMBER 20th, Kingston, Ontario
    UCCO annual Golf Tournament

    Contact Robert McMullan @ 289 407 1109 or via email @
    ALL proceeds to be donated to Camp FACES

  • October 15th, North Bay, Ontario
    live band, silent auction, games and door prizes
    All proceeds to be donated to Camp FACES

  •  November 4th, Vaughan, Ontario
Lina Gallo  at or
Steve Horner (416) 417-4204
All proceeds to support York Region CISM Team
more information please click

November 4th, Wingham, ON
“Invisible Wounds” and How They Heal   
 Friday, November 4, 2016 
At the Wingham Columbus Centre
(519) 357 - 0752 
99 Kerr Drive, Wingham, Ontario


Unity Run 2016

Unity Run 2016 was a HUGE SUCCESS!

HERE THEY ARE.... Those Finish-line photos and your results ladies and gentlemen !! thank you

Finish Line Photos:

10.4 Results:

If anyone ran with a different number or completed a different race distance, please email with the correction and It will be update it.


The H.E.L.P. Network  group is a FREE professionally facilitated peer support group exclusively for First Responders personnel, both sworn officers and civilian staff. This includes Police, Fire, EMS & Corrections

2016 HELP Network Dates
February 23
March 8, 22
April 5, 19
May 17, 31
June 14 cancelled, 28
July and August Summer Break
September 6,20
October 4, 18
November 1, 15, 29
December 13 Christmas Open house

For location and information about the HELP Network, please  visit :

Up Coming ICISF Courses 

November 17-18th- Group Crisis Intervention
North Bay Police Service Headquarters
135 Princess Street West
North Bay, ON
$325- prior to November 10, 2016
$350- after November 10, 2016
please contact Mary Bonenfant
Phone #- 705-498-8908
Kim Jones
Phone #- 705-303-4426
November 19-20 - Group Crisis Intervention
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
please contact Brian Bennett @

November 24-25 - Group Crisis Intervention 
CCISF headquarters 
Hamilton, Ontario 
$275 includes lunch 
registration please contact
January 17-19th, 2017- GRIN Training
Wawa Legion
please contact Brian Bennett @
March 29-30th, 2017-
Assisting Individuals In Crisis
Big White Ski Resort
British Columbia
$350 for public
$150 for Members of the Canadian Ski Patrol
please contact Brian Bennett@

Up Coming Conferences

April 25th - 29th  2017 - ONTARIO
Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress and Training

Mississauga Fire Wellness Fitness Open House
Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
8:00am-4:00pm Mississauga Fire Garry W. Morden Centre 7535 Ninth Line, Mississauga
Click here for more information

“Invisible Wounds” and How They Heal   
 Friday, November 4, 2016 
At the Wingham Columbus Centre
(519) 357 - 0752 
99 Kerr Drive, Wingham, Ontario


  • The CCISF is proud to announce the successful launch of our first camp for the families and children of LODD or Suicide in Canada August 2015. For more details on the camp or to apply for our 2016 camp please visit

  • CALL FOR SPEAKERS NOW OPEN for the 2017 Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress and Training

Featured Article 

Ontario plan to help first responders deal with PTSD

Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press                                      

TORONTO -- Ontario's labour minister announced plans Monday to help first responders deal with post traumatic stress disorder, and suggested it would be recognized as a work-related illness for police, firefighters and paramedics.

The stress and danger faced by first responders can have a lasting and serious effect not only on their physical health, but their mental health as well, said Kevin Flynn.

"Research shows first responders are at least twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD, and that PTSD results in more suicide attempts than all other anxiety disorders," he said.

The Liberal government is taking action "to do what we can to address this issue," Flynn said in a speech to the Ontario Firefighters Association.

"This includes looking at your coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, because right now, in order to be covered, you need to be able to demonstrate you were injured on the job," he said.

New Democrat Cheri DiNovo, who introduced five private member's bills over several years trying to extend WSIB coverage to first responders with PTSD, said the government must take steps to recognize that they got sick on the job.

"I can tell you tens of thousands of first responders are upset about how long this has taken," said DiNovo. "We have the highest rates of suicide in the country for first responders. Something's got to give."

Manitoba and Alberta already recognize PTSD as work-related for first responders, and Ontario has presumptive legislation that recognizes many forms of cancer as work-related illnesses for firefighters, added DiNovo.

"Not everyone who runs into a plastics fire or chemical fire comes out with cancer, but we need to take care of the ones that do," she said. "It's the same with PTSD. We have to look after those that come down with PTSD, and we are not."

Flynn vowed Ontario will become a leader in helping first responders with PTSD, with an approach that he said will include "both preventative and legislative measures," as well as grants to better understand triggers and optimal prevention techniques.

"I have worked extensively with my colleagues over the past year to determine what legislative options are available to provide immediate identification, intervention and treatment to those first responders with work-related PTSD injuries," he said.

"I hope to announce those legislative measures in the very near future."

The province will also hold an annual summit on PTSD, create online resources for employers and first responders, and launch a public awareness campaign on radio and online to better inform people about this "serious and debilitating injury," said Flynn.

Reducing the stigma associated with PTSD is one of the biggest challenges in hindering effective treatment, he added.

"This fear of being perceived as weak, damaged or ashamed leaves many to suffer alone," Flynn said. "We need to talk about it openly and support and educate one another."