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Understanding Quebec's Health and Safety Requirements

New regulations as Bill 59 receives Assent

As an employer, you play an important role in preventing workplace injuries and promoting a safe and healthy workplace. In fact, in Quebec, under the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety (AOHS) and the Act respecting industrial accident and occupational diseases (AIAOD) as well as their various regulations, you have a legal obligation to properly inform, instruct and supervise your employees and to do everything you reasonably can to protect them.

Registering with the CNESST is mandatory!

We can never stress this enough: registering with the "Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail" (CNESST) is not an option! All companies with at least one full-time or part-time worker must register with the CNESST no later than 60 days following the first day that your first worker reports work.

To register, use one of these two methods:

  • Online
  • By telephone: 1.844.838.0808

An Act to modernize occupational health and safety (Bill 59)

On September 30, 2021, the Government of Québec adopted Bill 59, which aims to modernize occupational health and safety legislation. This is the most important modernization of the Act respecting occupational health and safety and the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases

The new requirements will be phased in over time until 2024. The first requirements will come into effect on April 6, 2022, and consist of the implementation of an interim prevention and participation plan. This plan allows you to prepare for the implementation of the prevention program or action plan.

The requirements differ depending on the size of your business and the priority group to which it belongs. If you are unsure of your requirements, the CNESST has put together this tool to help you (only available in French for now).

CFIB & LifeWorks tell you more about the impacts of the modernization
of the CNESST regime in Quebec.

CFIB is here to help you!

In addition to health and safety requirements, there are several other compliance measures your business should be considering. You can always contact CFIB for further information, examples of a Health and Safety Policy, Emergency Communication Procedure, or more details on any Occupational Health and Safety issues at 1- 833-568-2342 or email us at [email protected]


April 5, 2022

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