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> Agreement on the Professional Dance Training Program

> Choreographers and producers: performers protected by the CNESST at all times

> The CNESST: What dance professionals need to know!

> The CNESST: Registration costs for choreographers and producers

> Can self-employed workers obtain personal protection from the CNESST?


> Group insurance – Organizations

> Insurance – Self-employed workers


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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



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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Since February 1, 2012, the Regroupement québécois de la danse has offered its corporate members (professionals and associates) the option to join a multi-employer group insurance plan. To join the plan, organizations must be RQD members in good standing. Only salaried employees may obtain insurance protection via this program. If your organization is interested in joining the group, please contact Réjean Carbonneau at the Conseil de la culture - régions de Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches, who is in charge of opening membership files for Union-Vie, administering the insurance plan and providing customer service.

For more information:
Réjean Carbonneau, Project Manager
Conseil de la culture – Régions de Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches
1-844-523-1333 /



The Blue Cross offers insurance policies that might be an attractive option for self-employed workers or those who do not have access to a group plan.

Members of one of these plans can access a member assistance service free of charge at any time. Qualified personnel will provide practical health advice and the addresses of specialists and health care centres across Quebec.

For more information: Quebec Blue Cross


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