Information sur le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux

Mission

The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), formerly the Ministère des Affaires sociales, was created on June 20, 1985, with the coming into force of the Act respecting the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux This link opens a new window.. The health and social services network is governed primarily by the Act respecting health services and social services This link opens a new window., which was significantly modified in 2015 with the adoption of the Act to modify the organization and governance of the health and social services network, in particular by abolishing the regional agencies This link opens a new window..

Mission

To maintain, improve and restore the health and well-being of Quebecers by providing access to a range of quality and integrated health and social services, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of Québec.

According to this mission, the MSSS’s chief role is to ensure the proper functioning of Québec’s health and social services system. With a view to improving population health and well-being, the MSSS:

  • sets priorities, objectives and policy directions in the health and social services field and ensures their application;
  • performs national public health functions;
  • ensures the interregional coordination of services;
  • ensures that mechanisms to coordinate services between institutions are operational;
  • ensures the equitable distribution of financial, human and material resources and monitors their use;
  • evaluates the results obtained against the objectives set;
  • proposes priorities for intervention to the State and other social actors in order to positively influence conditions that promote population health and well-being.

The health and social services network

The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux fulfils its mission by sharing its responsibilities with health and social services institutions in 18 health regions. 

For more information about how the health and social services system is organized, see the section Health and Social Services System in Brief This link opens a new window..

Last update: March 20, 2018 1:57 PM

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