On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, the National Assembly adopted Bill 59 to modernize the occupational health and safety system. The Quebec government formally recognizes the link between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease.
This announcement follows the eloquent demonstration by Parkinson Québec last winter in a parliamentary committee of the causal relationship between occupational exposure to pesticides and the development of Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, argued Parkinson Québec, Parkinson’s disease should be added to the list of occupational diseases recognized by the Committee on Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST).
For farmers, agronomists or pesticide applicators with Parkinson’s disease, the burden of proof to obtain compensation from the CNESST will be reversed.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Be a worker registered with the CNESST plan;
- Have worked in a job exposing to pesticides for at least 10 years;
- Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within 7 years of ending exposure to pesticides.
Following this major announcement, Parkinson Québec deployed tools aimed at providing information to people exposed to pesticides living with Parkinson’s disease in Quebec, so that they can be guided in their dealings with the CNESST.