The health and social services network has excellent and exceptional staff. For many years, Quebec has been proud to count on dedicated workers who, with their expertise and skills, have greatly contributed to the joint efforts of the public network.

A promising future

Exceptional medium- and long-term measures, which will be implemented over the next few months and years, will be established. These measures are mainly intended to increase the labour pool available to contribute to the health and social services network (HSSN) and ensure a better balance between the demand for care and services and the workforce supply.

The benefits of working in health and social services

  • Excellent job prospects;
  • Stimulating work environment;
  • Work-life balance.

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Implementation of exceptional and concrete measures right now

The government of Quebec is determined to offer healthy working and employment conditions that support a work-life balance. To alleviate the impact of the labour shortage in nursing and cardio-respiratory care professionals, the government of Quebec established an action plan that includes exceptional and meaningful measures to retain them. These measures apply to nursing and cardio-respiratory care professionals (still employed, retired or have left the network).

Exceptional measures

In the short term, immediate measures must be imposed for nursing and cardio-respiratory care professionals. These measures can quickly increase the capacity of this workforce within the HSSN institutions to maintain the services provided, thereby reducing the need to rely on overtime and independent workers.

The measures implemented will also help to immediately reduce the pressure on work teams and rebalance the workload of existing staff.

They will also improve the situation in regions where there is a more critical shortage.

These temporary measures will ensure that care and services remain available to the population.

Measures to encourage nursing and cardio-respiratory care professionals (including retirees) to return

Financial incentives

  • Once hired, a lump sum of $2,000 and an additional amount of $10,000 after 12 months of full-time work for employees in the following regions:
    • Bas Saint-Laurent,
    • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean,
    • Capitale-Nationale,
    • Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec,
    • Estrie,
    • Montréal,
    • Chaudière-Appalaches,
    • Laval,
    • Lanaudière,
    • Laurentides,
    • Montérégie.
  • Once hired, a lump sum of $5,000 and an additional amount of $10,000 after 12 months of full-time work for employees in the following regions:
    • Abitibi-Témiscamingue,
    • Côte-Nord,
    • Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine,
    • Outaouais,
    • Nord-du-Québec,
    • Nunavik, 
    • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James.

Measures to encourage nursing and cardio-respiratory care professionals currently employed by the HSSN to stay

Financial incentives

  • Lump sum for employees who commit to working full time for one year:
    • $5,000 once the measures are implemented and an additional amount of $10,000 after 12 months for the following regions:
      • Bas Saint-Laurent,
      • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean,
      • Capitale-Nationale,
      • Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec,
      • Estrie,
      • Montréal,
      • Chaudière-Appalaches,
      • Laval,
      • Lanaudière,
      • Laurentides,
      • Montérégie.
    • $8,000 once the measures are implemented and an additional amount of $10,000 after 12 months for the following regions:
      • Abitibi-Témiscamingue,
      • Côte-Nord,
      • Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine,
      • Outaouais,
      • Nord-du-Québec,
      • Nunavik, 
      • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James.
  • Referral bonus of $499;
  • Lump sum of $2,000 for an employee who works days to commit to working evenings or nights full time for a period of four consecutive weeks;
  • Lump sum of $200 or $400, depending on the region, for each additional shift on a long weekend.
  • Possibility of working for a period of four consecutive months as part of a loan of service in the regions of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Nord-du-Québec, Nunavik, Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James and the Outaouais (fly in/fly out), with a lump sum of $1,000 per month.

How to join the HSSN

If you would like to work for the HSSN, see the website of the institution associated with the region where you would like to work to learn more about the process: