Salary insurance: $ 16.9 million spent at the CISSS of Abitibi-Témiscamingue in 2021-2022

The amount represents 18.5% of the report for the financial year 2020-2021, when CISSS-AT had disbursements of $ 14.3 million.

Salary insurance

Wage insurance benefits are paid to employees with disabilities, whether or not the reason for the absence is related to work. The employee may be absent for a yard or for a long time. It should be noted that the CISSS of Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a self-insurer, so it assumes all the costs of salary insurance benefits.

Paratechnical, Auxiliary and Trades Employees are the category of employees for whom CISSS-AT had to spend the largest amount of money on salary insurance benefits in 2021-2022, or 4.9 million. of dollars.


The president of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ-SISSAT), Jean-Sébastien Blais, notes a certain stability in the percentage of hours paid in salary insurance for nursing staff since the two last years.

This is probably due to self-giving. People really wanted to do more during the pandemic. We’ve seen retirees come back, people on sick leave come back to work to lend a hand to the network that was ripping them offhe specified.

Jean-Sébastien Blais, President of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ-SISSAT).

Photo: Radio-Canada / Andrei Audet

Jean-Sébastien Blais predicted, however, that the situation could change over the next year. He believes that the proportion of nursing staff with salary insurance is likely to increase.

Especially because of the end of incentive bonuses that pushed a lot of people to keep going. We continue to work under the same working conditions even though the pandemic is over. There is still a lot of mandatory extra time, travel. We have unfinished contingency plans. With these diminished working conditions, it is safe and certain that it is pushing people to exhaustionexplains the President of FIQ-SISSAT.

If too many nursing staff were to be deprived of salary insurance due to sick leave, Jean-Sébastien Blais is concerned about the consequences for the provision of health care services.

« It may have an impact on the health care system and may see further closures during the summer due to one or two sick leave. Departments are one or two nurses to close at this time. »

A quote from Jean-Sébastien Blais

CISSS-AT explanations

Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s CISSS denied our request for an interview. By email, we are told that the increase in bare costs does not correspond to the change in the number of hours in salary insurance.

The organization adds that “every year, costs necessarily increase since salary scales also increase.” Considering the increase in hourly rates, for the same number of hours paid by the CISSS in salary insurance, the cost will therefore be higher. »

It is important to take into account the percentage of hours paid to its employees receiving salary insurance, according to the CISSS-AT.

On February 26, the CISSS-AT project for the financial year 2021-2022, a percentage of hours paid in salary insurance out of the total number of hours worked at 8.69%. This would therefore be an increase compared to 2020-2021, where this rate stands at 8.20%.

The CISSS-AT explains the increase in the cost and the name of the salary insurance benefits for the COVID-19 pandemic: In fact, the hours of absence of employees enrolled in COVID-19 when they are isolated at home or retirees are often hours enrolled and paid in salary insurancemakes observator the organization.

Several projects are continuing in order to contribute to the reduction of the percentage of hours paid in salary insurance, which concern more in particular the prevention of health and safety at work as well as the psychological, physical and curative aspects.notes the CISSS-AT.

In October 2018, the CISSS-AT mentioned them develop an action plan at this time to reduce the rate of salary insurance. The organization did not want to give us details about the action plan and the resulting results.

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