Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail
If a person died while trying to save someone’s life by an act of good citizenship or as a result of doing so, compensation may be granted to the deceased’s dependants.
In Addition, funeral expenses may be reimbursed to the payer.
A person who was injured or had his or her property damaged when performing an act of good citizenship as a rescuer (see the definition) may receive compensation to promote his or her rehabilitation and to compensate for the harm sustained. Compensation may be in the form of:
If the rescuer dies, a pension may be paid to his or her dependants. In addition, funeral expenses and expenses to transport the remains are reimbursed to the person who paid them. As part of the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, the Direction de l'indemnisation des victimes d'actes criminels (IVAC) is responsible for analyzing and processing claims for compensation.
RescuerA person who, having reasonable cause to believe the life of a person is in danger or a person is in danger of bodily harm, benevolently comes to his or her assistance.
ClienteleAny rescuer (see definition) who was injured or had his or her property damaged or, if the rescuer died, his or her dependants.
People considered the rescuer’s dependants are as follows:
Any person who paid the funeral expenses or the expenses to transport of the remains can also apply for reimbursement for those expenses.
ConditionThe act of good citizenship must have been performed within the province of Québec.
Indemnities for total temporary disabilityIndemnities for total temporary disability are paid to the rescuer for the period during which he or she is unable to work or engage in most of his or her usual activities and is receiving medical treatment. If the rescuer holds employment, he or she will receive, every two weeks, the equivalent of 90% of his or her usual net income, up to the maximum insurable income in effect at the time of the event. If the rescuer does not hold employment, he or she will receive, every two weeks, the equivalent of 90% of the minimum wage in effect if he or she is of full age, or $35 per week if he or she is a minor. Pension for permanent disabilityA pension for permanent disability is granted to a rescuer who, despite medical treatment, has sequelae of which no improvement is foreseeable. Set proportionate to the rate of the rescuer’s physical or mental disability, the pension is paid monthly for the rest of the rescuer’s life or, in certain cases, is provided in a single payment. Reimbursement for medical assistance expensesMedical assistance expenses that can be reimbursed are particularly those incurred in order
The professionals consulted must be members of a recognized professional order.
Reimbursement for the cost of services or expenses in the framework of a rehabilitation programAs part of its social and occupational rehabilitation programs, IVAC can reimburse, in particular:
Pension for dependants of a deceased rescuerThe amount of the pension for the dependants of a person who dies while performing an act of good citizenship is set according to the rescuer’s wage and the number of dependants.
The pension is granted for a minimum period of five years. After that, the payment ends if:
Reimbursement for funeral expensesThe person who paid the funeral expenses can be reimbursed for up to $5045. Reimbursement for expenses to transport the remainsThe person who paid the expenses to transport the remains of a deceased rescuer can be reimbursed a maximum amount of $500.
Terms and conditions of payment of compensationCompensation:
Payment is by cheque or direct deposit.
The Act to promote good citizenship has been in force since December 1977.