First Aid Training and Information


First Aid in the Workplace / Sécourisme en milieu de travail

Designed and subsidized by the Government of Quebec*, this course is mandatory for Quebec establishments. *Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail [CNESST]

McGill staff and faculty please register online.

Student Registrants please complete and submit the Paying Participant Training Form.

Basic instructions:

  • Participants may bring and wear a surgical / procedural mask for the entire length of the training in person, i.e. 7 and 14 hours. Note: CNESST has lift-off the obligation to wear it
    • currently: 1st day - virtually Camera and Mic open; 2nd day - in person.
    • as of the March 2023, both days in person.
  • Medic (training company) will provide: one pair of gloves (medium for the CPR practice on the Mannequin), plus one kit of bandages for a practice session on oneself. The instructor will provide detailed instructions (how and when to use).
  • No contact at all between participants and instructor.
  • Lunch: free period - you may take this inside or outside the training room.
  • All practice sessions being held in the (e)-training room are mandatory. It hits at bare minimum two birds with one stone: (1) provide an opportunity for the instructor to correct and evaluate each participant on their technical/theoretical knowledge; and (2) assist the entire group in learning best practices and procedures through the method of repeating and learning from each other’s mistakes.
  • Health Questionnaires (not applicable at this time)

Course Content

Responsibilities of First Aiders; General plan for emergency situations; Unconsciousness; Respiratory arrest; Cardiac arrest (CPR level A, i.e. for casualties of 8 y.o. and above); Assisted External Defibrillator (AED); Obstruction of airways; Bleeding; Shock; Wounds; Bone injuries; Burns; Environment-related problems; Injuries and burns to the eyes; Intoxication; Medical emergencies; Requirements Moving and transport of a casualty; On-site first-aid kit; Minimum number of First Aiders and first-aid register; AIDS and infectious diseases transmitted via blood.

Duration: 2 days of 8 hours [incl. 1h lunch]

Course Cost

Cost (McGill Staff and Faculty): Free for McGill staff and faculty, pending availability of a subsidy from the CNESST and approval from Environmental Health and Safety. A FOAPAL is required in both instances as the course fee is charged for a no-show or last minute cancellation.

Cost (Students): $147.20 [$128 + 19.20 taxes] per person as of August 1, 2022. Includes certification and first-aid guide.

Withdraw/Cancellation Rules: No cancellation fee will be applied if the cancellation is done at least 8 days prior to the start of the session. An email to josee.sansoucy [at] is sufficient. Alternatively you can send someone to substitute for you. If your replacement is not entitled to the CNESST subsidy, the fee ($147.20) will be charged

Course Dates

Summer & Fall 2023 Schedule

First Aid in the Workplace Training has resumed for the McGill Community. Until further notice, the first day of training will be given virtually, and the second day of training will be held in person. If you wish to organize/hold a training session within your department/building please contact josee.sansoucy [at] Thank you.

Downtown Campus - 3610 McTavish Street, room 430

August 14 & 15, 2023 (Monday (Zoom)/Tuesday (in person PP113)) 8h to 15h30 [30 min lunch] e-cards sent on August 17
August 28 & 29 (Monday & Tuesday) 9h00 - 17h00 e-cards sent on September 14
September 21 & 22 (Thursday & Friday) Full 8h30 - 16h30 awaiting for e-cards
17 & 19 Octobre (Mardi et Jeudi) FRENCH 8h30 - 16h30 Les inscriptions sont ouvertes
November 16 & 17 (Thursday & Friday) Full 8h30 - 16h30 Accept names on the waitlist

Macdonald Campus - 21,111 Lakeshore Road, Farm Project Room

May 3 & 4, 2023 (Wednesday & Thursday) - Annulé, Cancelled March 29 8h-16h cancelled
December 14 & 15, 2023 (Thursday & Friday) 8h-16h Registration is open
Next: Looking at Spring 2024, special request will be accepted 8h-16h  


Heart Saver

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada [FMCC], CPR Level A - Victim of 8 years and above)

Content: Responsibilities of First Aiders; General plan for emergency situations; Unconsciousness; Respiratory arrest; Cardiac arrest; Obstruction of airways; Shock; AIDS and infectious diseases transmitted in blood; Stroke; Vital links; Risk factors; Signs & symptoms of heart attack

Cost: $520/group of 1 to 8; and $645/ group of 9 to 12 people (+taxes, certification & manual incl.)
Pre-requisite: None
Duration: 4 to 6-hour/session


Cost: $520/group of 1 to 8; and $645/ group of 9 to 12 people (+taxes, certification & manual incl.)
Duration: 4 hour/session

Dates: Only organized upon demand, please ehs [at] (subject: Heartsaver%20course%20inquiry) (email us.)

MSERT Red Cross

Please refer to the McGill Student Emergency Response Team.

McGill Student Emergency Response Team (MSERT) provides Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR courses [i.e. includes baby & child techniques]. For more information or to register for a course, visit their MSERT's website.

Please note the CNESST recognizes only its course [named: First aid in the workplace] to fulfill its Quebec Workplace requirement.



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