Moonlighting, locum and replacement
Moonlighting—replacement in other specialties and locums in family medicine—was to all intents and purposes abolished in December 2016. The Ministry of Health and Social Services issued directives to establishments limiting the use of locums (médecins dépanneurs). Thus, establishments may no longer grant temporary privileges (three months, non-renewable, in emergencies) for replacements for a few days/weekends, or replacement privileges for longer periods (maternity or extended sick leave), unless they obtain a waiver from the MSSS.
Nevertheless, moonlighting remains possible, but it is more the exception than the rule.