“The situation continues to improve in Québec. “


 14 May 2021

Due to the favorable evolution of the epidemiological situation in several regions of Quebec, Quebec Premier François Legault has announced the lifting of emergency measures in the Outaouais region and in the Rimouski-Neigette RCM of the Bas-Saint-Laurent.

“We are going through the third wave together. We are getting vaccinated faster than in the rest of Canada. We will soon be announcing a complete relaxation plan. We’re getting closer to the time when the terraces will open. Our children will be able to play sports together. We will finally be able to visit each other, to be outside,” said the Premier, referring to the overall improvement of the epidemiological situation in Quebec.


As of May 17 at 12:01 a.m., the special emergency measures will end in the MRCs of La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais and Pontiac. The entire Outaouais region will be at the maximum alert level (red).

Lower St. Lawrence

As of May 17 at 12:01 a.m., special emergency measures will be lifted in the Rimouski-Neigette RCM. The maximum alert level (red) measures will apply in this territory. The RCMs of Kamouraska, Témiscouata, Rivière-du-Loup and Les Basques remain under special emergency measures.

It has also been announced that high school students will return to class in areas where special emergency measures apply, as of May 17. Secondary 3, 4, and 5 students will be in class every other day, as they are in the red zone. However, distance learning will remain in effect for high school students in the Lower St. Lawrence MRCs who are still under special emergency measures.

“What I am most pleased about is that almost all children in Quebec will be able to return to school by next Monday. There are few places in North America where schools have been open as long as they have here. This is a great source of pride. And for that, I thank the teachers, the principals, and all the staff. On behalf of our children, thank you! “, said the Premier.

“This week, it’s the turn of young people to make an appointment for vaccination. And I have a message for you. Vaccinated means solidarity. It means pride and freedom. And, most importantly, it means a great summer. So get out there. Make an appointment en masse. Come and get vaccinated. I’m counting on the rest of you. “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“The daily report shows the efforts that have been made in several regions of Quebec to limit the spread of the virus. This is very encouraging. What is important at this point in the pandemic is to maintain these gains and not cause a new increase in transmission, while waiting for a large part of the population to be vaccinated. With the opening in the next few days of scheduling for new-age groups, we are getting even closer to our goal. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Related link:

To learn more about COVID-19 and the measures in place: Québec.ca/coronavirus

Lifting of special emergency measures in the Capitale-Nationale and certain MRC’s


 5 May 2021

The more favorable assessment of the epidemiological situation means that the exceptional measures put in place in certain regions in recent weeks to slow the spread of the virus can be lifted.

Therefore, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, announced today the end of special emergency measures and the application of maximum alert (red) measures in the following regions as of Monday, May 10 at 12:01 a.m:

  • Capitale-Nationale region, in the Quebec Metropolitan Community
  • Chaudière-Appalaches region, for the city of Lévis and the regional county municipalities (RCM) of Lotbinière,
  • Bellechasse, Montmagny, L’Islet, Appalaches and La Nouvelle-Beauce;
  • Outaouais region, for the MRCs of Papineau and La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau.

“I am very pleased to announce that in the affected areas, next Monday, May 10, high school students will return to school! In addition, the curfew will be extended to 9:30 p.m. And non-essential businesses will be able to reopen. We’ve managed to break the third wave. Good for everyone! And in the meantime, almost 2 million more doses of vaccine have been given out. As I speak, more than 3 million Quebecers have received at least one dose of vaccine,” the Premier said enthusiastically.

It should be noted that special emergency measures will continue to apply until further notice in the following regions, with the exception of elementary schools, which will remain open or may reopen as of May 10:

  • Chaudière-Appalaches region for the MRCs of Etchemins, Beauce-Sartigan and Robert-Cliche;
  • Outaouais region for the MRCs of Gatineau, Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais and Pontiac;
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent region (except for the MRCs of La Matanie, La Matapédia and La Mitis).

It has also been announced that as of Thursday, May 6 at 12:01 a.m., special emergency measures will apply on the territory of the Granit MRC in the Eastern Townships. However, elementary schools will be able to remain open.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in yellow zone

Due to the improvement of its epidemiological situation, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, which is currently at the alert level (orange), will move to the alert level (yellow) as of May 10.

“With each passing day, more people are being vaccinated and we are getting closer to a more normal life. In the next few weeks, as the situation improves, we will be able to move regions from red to orange and from orange to yellow. Slowly, but surely, we will get there,” said the Prime Minister.

“I would like to say that Quebec is one of the places in the world with the greatest vaccine protection. If you have people around you who are hesitant, tell them to talk to their doctor or pharmacist to answer their questions and reassure them.

And remember that the vaccine is our passport to freedom. “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“The trend of the last few days is encouraging and allows us to lift the special emergency measures in certain sectors. This is excellent news and shows that the efforts of the population are working. As the pace of vaccination picks up, more and more people will be protected over the coming weeks. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services


It should be noted that, following the lifting of the special emergency measures, the measures of the maximum alert level (red) will apply. These include the start of the 9:30 p.m. curfew and the opening of non-essential and personal care businesses, movie theatres, and theaters, as well as the end of distance learning for elementary and Secondary 1 and 2 students and the return of alternating classes for Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students.

Related links:

To learn more about COVID-19 and the measures in place: Québec.ca/coronavirus

A map of alert levels by region is also available.

Call for unions to intensity negociations


 5 May 2021

Accompanied by the Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor, Ms. Sonia LeBel, Premier François Legault met with several main union organizations’ leaders and called on them to intensify negotiations to reach an agreement quickly. With the health crisis experienced by all Quebecers for over a year, it is time to put this issue behind us.

The Premier and the Minister took the opportunity to outline the latest employer offers tabled on March 31.

In health care

  • The hiring of 14,000 new employees, including 3,500 nurses
  • 23% increase in the remuneration of beneficiary attendants in CHSLDs
  • Significant increase in the night, evening, and weekend premiums for nurses

In education

  • 18% increase in entry-level teacher pay
  • Increased teachers’ salaries to $91,000 at the maximum the scale
  • Addition of professionals to support special needs students
  • Enhancement of the profession at the elementary and secondary levels

All government employees

  • 8% pay increase over three years

“Sonia LeBel is very active in negotiating with the unions and is doing a remarkable job. The agreement with the nurses of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec and the agreement with the elementary and secondary school teachers of the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement are proof of this. It is also important to note that the collective agreements expired a year ago. We are experiencing a crisis that requires us to work together for the good of our citizens. I hope that we will intensify discussions to conclude all negotiations in the coming weeks. We must put all our efforts into renovating our health and education services, which have been damaged by the pandemic, as quickly as possible. Unsuccessful negotiations do not help our employees or our citizens. “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“Whether it’s in terms of valuing the professions, autonomy, or reducing workloads, the agreements proposed so far show that we are determined to respect our commitments. Currently, everything is on the table to find solutions that improve the working conditions of public and para-public sector employees. I invite the unions to work hard at the negotiating tables. My teams are ready right now to intensify the meetings. “

Sonia LeBel, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor