Health and Social Services Acronyms

Cégep
Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel: College of general and vocational education. Most Quebec students attend Cegep before university. The colleges offer diplomas in many disciplines.

CLSC
Centre local de services communautaires: Local community service centre that offers first-line medical and homecare services.

CH
Centre hospitalier: Hospital.

CHSGS
Centre hospitalier de soins généraux et spécialisés: Hospital Centre for general and specialized services.

CHSLD
Centre d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée: Residential and long-term care centre.

CPEJ
Centre de protection de l’enfance et de la jeunesse: Youth protection.

CR
Centre de réhabilitation: Rehabilitation centre.

CSSS
Centres de santé et de services sociaux: Health and social services centre.

RAMQ
Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec: Provincial government agency that administers the Health Insurance Plan and the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan, as well as 40 other health-related programs.
Phone : 1-800-561-9749
ramq.gouv.qc.ca

SAAQ
Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec: Provincial Registry for Motor Vechicles (licence & registration).

SAQ
Société des alcools du Québec: Provincial liquor stores.