Agreement on the professional dance training program

Since January 2006, dancers admitted to the Dancer Training Support Program are protected by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) in the event of an injury or accident occurring during supervised training that is not part of a work contract. This protection is offered in accordance with the Regulation respecting the implementation of the Agreement on the professional dance training program and the agreement between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the CNESST.

What to do in the event of an injury:

  1.  Immediately notify the instructor, trainer or person in charge of the training activity;
  2.  Consult a doctor as soon as possible, and explain that you have a work-related injury;
  3.  Contact RQD to let us know about your situation;

If you have to incur costs for medical expenses (physiotherapy, acupuncture, medication, orthotics, etc.) or for transportation (taxi, bus, etc.), make sure they have been prescribed by your doctor so you can be reimbursed by the CNESST.

Ambulance transportation costs to a hospital will be reimbursed by the CALQ.

For information about the Agreement on the professional dance training program, contact Virginie Desloges, Financial and Administration Manager at RQD, at 514 849-4003, ext. 228 or at All communications related to a work-related injury or accident will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

To reach the CNESST: 1 844 838-0808

Choreographers and producers: Performers protected by the CNESST at all times

The Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases protects all workers in Quebec who suffer from a work-related injury. In accordance with this law, any company or self-employed worker who employs more than one worker is required to register with the CNESST within 60 days of the commencement of these activities.

Under the law, performers who work for a self-employed individual or an organization in the show production sector (dance company, independent choreographer, events organizer, radio or television network, advertising agency or any other organization or company that acts as a producer) is automatically considered a worker, wether he is a freelancer or a salaried.

Employers are obliged to declare to the CNESST all remuneration paid to artists and performers.

All performers may submit a claim to the CNESST if they become injured during rehearsals or performances. If the producer is not registered with the CNESST as an employer, or has not declared the performers’ salaries, the CNESST will take the necessary measures to address the situation and ensure compliance with the law.

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