The QMJHL wants to recognize Premier Philippe Couillard and Labour Minister Dominique Vien for their leadership in announcing that they would bring forward an exemption to confirm that athletes are not covered by employment legislation. This decision recognizes the importance of junior hockey to the players, families and fans in communities across the province.
“The Government of Quebec has shown great leadership in making this decision not just for junior hockey players but for all athletes across the province,” said Gilles Courteau Commissioner of the QMJHL. “Our experience is that after people consider our league and the player experience, it becomes clear our players are not employees.”
With this decision Quebec joins the provinces of Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Nova Scotia along with the State of Washington in taking this important step. The Canadian Hockey League is working with other governments in Canada and the US to ensure that junior hockey remains an integral part of communities.