111. (1) Where an occupational disease disables a worker or causes his death, the beneficiary is entitled to the benefits provided for under this Act, as if the disease were a bodily injury by accident and the disablement were the happening of an accident, subject to the following provisions: no benefit may be paid if the worker, at the time of entering into the employment, had wilfully and falsely represented himself in writing as not having previously suffered from the disease. The beneficiary’s claim must be presented within six months of the date when it is medically established and brought to his attention that he is suffering from an occupational disease, or of the date of his death therefrom, as the case may be.
(2) Where a benefit for an occupational disease is payable by an employer individually, it is payable by the employer who last employed the worker in the employment during which the disease began.
(3) The beneficiary, if so required, shall furnish the employer mentioned in subsection 2 with such information as he possesses with respect to the names and addresses of the other employers for whom he worked in the employment to the nature of which the disease was due; if such information is not furnished or is not sufficient to enable that employer to take the proceedings mentioned in subsection 4, that employer, upon proving that the disease was not contracted while the worker was in his employ, is not liable to pay any benefit.
(4) If the last employer alleges that the disease was in fact contracted while the worker was in the employ of some other employer, he may bring such employer before the Commission, or a person designated by it, and if the allegation is proved, the Commission may order the latter employer to pay the benefit.
(5) If the disease is such as to be contracted and to develop gradually, all the other employers who employed the worker in employment of the nature to produce the disease are liable to pay to the employer by whom the benefit is payable such proportion or contribution as the Commission may determine to be just.
(6) The amount of the indemnity shall be fixed with reference to the income of the worker under the employer by whom the indemnity is payable, and the notice provided for by section 21 shall be given to the last employer of the worker who gave him work of a nature to produce the disease.
The notice in a case under this subsection may be given notwithstanding that the worker has voluntarily left the employment.
If a worker has left an employment during which his disease had begun more than one year previously, the amount of the indemnity is fixed in accordance with the second paragraph of subsection 2 of section 46.
(7) Where the benefits are payable out of the accident fund, the Commission shall make such investigation as it deems necessary to ascertain the unit or class of units or sector of economic activity against which the benefits should be charged and act accordingly.
(8) If the worker, at or immediately before the date of the disablement, was employed in any process mentioned in the second column of Schedule D or in the regulations, and the disease contracted is the disease in the first column of the schedule or of the regulations opposite the description of such process, the disease is presumed to have been due to the nature of that process. In other cases, it must be established to the satisfaction of the Commission that the disease was caused by the nature of the process in which the worker was employed.
But no benefit is payable under this Act unless the worker has been a resident of Québec for the three years preceding his claim, except where the Commission is satisfied that the disease is not due to any other cause than his employment within Québec.
(9) In the case of a disease not provided for in Schedule D or the regulations, this section applies if the beneficiary establishes, to the satisfaction of the Commission, that the disease was contracted out of or in the course of work done by the worker for an employer and that it is characteristic of that work or directly linked to the particular risks thereof.
(10) In the case of a disease not provided for by Schedule D or the regulations, subsection 1 applies if the worker’s disease is caused by an injury resulting from an accident which gives him the right to a benefit under this Act.