Moonlighting–resident — R5 and higher
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) has issued directives to healthcare establishments limiting the use of locums (médecins dépanneurs). So establishments may no longer grant temporary privileges (three months in emergencies non renewable) which include replacements for a few days or weekends, or locum privileges (to replace doctors on maternity or extended sick leave)—whereas up to now these were the two types of privileges available to medical residents holding regular permits who wished to perform moonlighting.
So, for all practical purposes, moonlighting has been abolished. Currently, only sites that have positions unfilled in their PEMs may grant privileges to doctors performing moonlighting. Family medicine locums are also possible in residential and long-term care facilities (CHSLDs) and primary care, in settings where there is a major accessibility problem.
The FMRQ is currently lobbying the MSSS to ensure that the rights of our members who hold regular permits are respected. As soon as we have information from the Ministry, we will be notifying all members by email and updating this page accordingly.