In the context of the lifting of health measures, Quebec announces that a series of bonuses granted to health personnel during the pandemic will be abandoned as of April 16.
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This is the case, among other things, of the “COVID bonuses” of 4% and 8% which were given to all employees of the health network. The lump sum to promote attendance at work, an amount that could reach $1,000 per four-week period, will also fall by the wayside.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) says it is doing so “in accordance with the government’s desire to end the state of health emergency”. Prime Minister François Legault has already indicated his intention to present a bill in mid-March to put an end to it, while retaining certain powers that were then granted to him.
Certain measures put in place since the start of the crisis in order to recruit more staff will therefore be retained to help the network “deal with the still real challenges linked to the pandemic and to honor the financial commitments made to workers who have agreed to come and lend a hand,” it says.
The lump sums of $12,000 to $18,000 to encourage nurses to rejoin the network full-time and those to encourage them to settle in remote regions will therefore continue to be paid.
Other bonuses will also be kept temporarily “but will cease when the situation allows it”, including that for the addition of a weekend shift, specifies the MSSS.