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Reimbursement of travel, meal and accommodation expenses

The CNESST reimburses workers who have suffered an employment injury for travel, meal and accommodation expenses incurred to:

  • receive care
  • undergo medical examinations
  • participate in an activity as part of a personal rehabilitation plan

The CNESST reimburses travel and accommodation expenses based on the most economical appropriate solution.

The person who accompanies a worker who is unable to travel alone for health reasons may also be entitled to a reimbursement for certain expenses.

The reimbursement of travel, meal and accommodation expenses is governed by the Regulation respecting travel and living expenses.

Note

As an employer, you must pay the cost of transportation from the workplace to the health care facility or the worker’s home for a worker who suffers an employment injury in the workplace.

Claim for reimbursement

As a worker, once your claim has been accepted, you may, within 6 months of incurring the expenses, complete the Application for reimbursement of expenses form.

You do not have to submit supporting documents to be reimbursed, but you must keep your original receipts for 3 years. The CNESST may require them for verification.

Ambulance

When an employment injury occurs in the workplace, the employer must pay the cost of transportation by ambulance.

If the worker suffers an employment injury outside their workplace and their condition requires that they be transported to hospital by ambulance, the CNESST reimburses the cost of transportation by ambulance.

Public transit, personal vehicle and taxi

Amounts reimbursed for travel expenses
Type of transport Reimbursement amount
Public transit (type of transport preferred by the CNESST) Actual cost
Personal vehicle (without the CNESST's authorization)

$0.145 per km

Parking and toll fees

Personal vehicle (with the CNESST’s prior authorization and a doctor’s medical certificate)

$0.470 per km

Parking and toll fees

Taxi (without the CNESST's authorization) $0.145 per km
Taxi (with the CNESST’s prior authorization) Actual cost

Authorization from the CNESST

To obtain authorization from the CNESST regarding the use of a personal vehicle or taxi, the worker must contact the officer responsible for their file.

Air

The cost of transportation by air may be reimbursed if:

  • there is no other means of transport
  • the use of another means would be inappropriate or dangerous
  • transportation by air is the most economical solution

Meal expenses

To be entitled to a reimbursement for meal expenses, the worker must travel more than 16 km (32 km round trip) from home by the shortest route.

Amounts reimbursed for meals
Meal Time Reimbursement amount
Breakfast Leaves the house before 7:30 a.m. maximum $10.40
Lunch Leaves the house before 11:30 a.m. Returns home after 1:30 p.m. maximum $14.30
Dinner Leaves the house before 5:30 p.m. Returns home after 6:30 p.m. maximum $21.55

Accommodation expenses and daily allowance

Amounts reimbursed for accommodation expenses and daily allowance
Accommodation Amount reimbursed per night Daily allowance
Hotel in Montréal $126.00 to $138.00 $5,85
Hotel in the Québec City region $106,00 $5,85
Hotel in Laval $102,00 to $110,00 $5,85
Hotel in Gatineau $102.00 to $110.00 $5,85
Hotel in Longueuil $102.00 to $110.00 $5,85
Hotel elsewhere in Québec $83.00 to $87.00 $5,85
With a relative or friend $22,25 Non

Required distances

If the worker has to travel, stay or eat away from their home because of an employment injury, certain conditions apply to be eligible for a reimbursement:

  • the shortest route must be taken
  • if the worker chooses to travel more than 100 km from their home to receive care or undergo examinations that they could have had within a radius of 100 km or less from their home, expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 200 km for the round trip
  • if the care or examinations cannot be provided within a radius of 100 km from their home, the worker must obtain authorization from the officer responsible for their file at the CNESST before making the journey
  • if the injury occurred in Québec and the worker chooses to receive care or undergo examinations outside Québec, they will not be reimbursed, unless the injury occurs in a border region (within a radius of 80 km from Ontario, New Brunswick or Newfoundland)

Training or retraining program

A worker may be reimbursed for travel, accommodation and meal expenses if they participate in a training or retraining program that lasts more than 2 weeks and is held more than 50 km from their place of residence. The maximum reimbursement amount is $450.00 per week.

Laws and regulations

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