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

The amount represents an increase of 18.5% compared to the 2020-2021 fiscal year, when the CISSS-AT had to disburse $14.3 million.

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Salary insurance benefits are paid to employees on disability, whether or not the reason for absence is work-related. The employee may be absent for a short or a long period. It should be noted that the CISSS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a self-insurer, so it assumes the entire cost of salary insurance benefits.

Employees of paratechnical personnel, auxiliary services and trades form the category of employees for which the CISSS-AT had to spend the largest sum of money in salary insurance benefits in 2021-2022, i.e. 4.9 million. of dollars.


The president of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FIQ-SISSAT), Jean-Sébastien Blais, notices a certain stability in the percentage of hours paid in salary insurance for nursing care personnel for the past two last years.

This is probably due to self-sacrifice. People really wanted to do more during the pandemic. We saw retirees returning, people on sick leave returning to work to lend a hand to the network which was tearinghe specifies.

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

Photo: Radio-Canada / Andrei Audet

Jean-Sébastien Blais predicts, 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.

In particular because of the end of the incentive bonuses which encouraged many people to continue. We continue to work under the same working conditions even if the pandemic is over. There is still a lot of mandatory overtime, travel. We have contingency plans that have not been completed. With these reduced working conditions, it is sure and certain that it pushes people to exhaustionexplains the president of the FIQ-SISSAT.

If too many nursing care employees had to take out salary insurance because of sick leave, Jean-Sébastien Blais fears the consequences for the supply of health care services.

This could have an impact on the health network and we risk seeing other closures during the summer period due to one or two sick leaves. Departments are one or two nurses away from closing right now. »

A quote from Jean-Sebastien Blais

CISSS-AT explanations

The CISSS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue refused our interview request. By email, we are told that the increase in costs does not correspond to the variation in the number of hours in salary insurance.

The organization adds that “each year, the costs necessarily increase since the 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 also important to take into account the percentage of hours paid to its staff benefiting from salary insurance, according to the CISSS-AT.

As of February 26, the CISSS-AT projected for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, 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, when this rate was 8.20%.

The CISSS-AT explains the increase in the cost and number of salary insurance benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Indeed, the hours of absence of employees related to COVID-19 when they are in isolation at home or removed from work are hours registered and paid in salary insurance.observes the organization.

Several projects are continuing in order to contribute to the reduction of the percentage of hours paid in salary insurance, which more particularly concern prevention in 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 currently developing an action plan to reduce the salary insurance rate. The organization did not want to provide us with the details of this action plan and the resulting results.

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