Quebec: CSST and others have merged to form CNESST

Montreal Gazette (January 2016):

Three government organizations that deal with rights in the workplace have merged into one, called the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé ET de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).

The new body incorporates the Commission des normes du travail (CNT), which sets rules for working conditions, the Commission de l’équité salariale (CES), which handles pay equity issues, and the Commission de la santé ET de la sécurité du travail (CSST), Quebec’s workplace safety board.

All the services offered by the three organizations will be maintained in the new larger organization, the Quebec government said in a statement Tuesday. The laws governing each of the three organizations have not changed, so workers still have the same rights and the same legal options to settle complaints with their employers or to handle workplace injuries.

The new CNESST’s mission is to promote fair and egalitarian workplaces, to assure that there is equal pay for equal work, and to assure a safe workplace, with treatment or compensation for employees who are injured, or become sick on the job.

Two other organizations related to workers’ rights will also be merged. The Commission des lesions professionnelles (CLP) and the Commission des relations du travail (CRT) will be merged into the Tribunal administratif du travail (TAT). The CLP was a tribunal to contest decisions made to the CSST, while the CRT settled cases related to protecting jobs, labour relations, construction and professional qualification and the maintenance of essential services during legal strikes.

All the services handled by both organizations will continue to be offered in the new merged organization.

For more information, see the CNESST’s website at:

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