Improvements to the
To compensate for the increased cost of living, HCE incomes must increase so members can maintain a decent standard of living and alleviate their lost buying power. To this end, we are demanding:
An increase in the subsidy
- To at least compensate for the increased cost of living;
- To receive raises basedon Québec’s economic situation;
- To adjust subsidies upwards because of the discrimination associated with working in a traditionally female profession;
- To create a parity committee with the ministry to establish our comparative employment and close the pay gap;
- To ensure at a minimum that we are granted the same increases as our public sector counterparts.
Subsidy status quo for:
- The sudden, unexpected departure of a parent for ten (10) business days;
- A major emergency (force majeure), during the first day of the event;
- Two (2) days of absence per calendar year due to parental/family obligations;
- Two (2) days of absence following the death of a close relative (spouse, mother, father, child, etc.).
An increase in the allowance for infants, which would be paid for any child up to 24 months old
- Considering the difficulties met by our HCEs in their day-to-day work, we are demanding that the additional allowance for infants be extended up to 24 months old, especially considering the particular needs of this age group.
A new allowance for more than six (6) children
- To better support home childcare providers with more than six (6) children, we are demanding a new allowance to cover the employer’s fees and obligations as soon as the HCE takes a seventh child. This does not include their subsidy and other allowances.
Recovery of sums
- To ensure consultation between the HCE and the Coordinating Office (CO) if recovery of funds is necessary.
Monetary compensation for
- Pedagogical days;
- Administrative duties related to child files;
- Time devoted to mandatory training.
RSG to HCE
In an effort to highlight the service they provide and the value of their work, our members become Responsables en services éducatifs en milieu familial or HCEs (educational home childcare providers), because they are professionals who contribute to a child’s overall development day after day.
We want the professional autonomy of HCEs to be fully recognized, so we are demanding the addition of clauses that specifically recognize:
- The HCE’s self-employed status;
- The HCE’s responsibility concerning the layout and terms of the contract between the HCE and the parent;
- The HCE’s responsibility concerning the organization of the premises and the choice of equipment, furniture and toys used in the educational home childcare service provided;
- Respect of this status by the ministry and CO;
- Respect with regards to visits, meetings and interviews with the CO that take place by appointment (excluding unannounced visits) in accordance with the HCE’s work organization, schedule and educational program, and with respect to the HCE’s privacy.
Vacations and other
In an effort to foster the well-being of our members so they have greater freedom and better managed vacations and days off, we are demanding:
Subsidized service provision absences (absences de prestation de services subventionnés or APSSes)
- Additional allowance for infants to be extended to 24 months old, especially considering the particular needs of this age group and considering the difficulties met by our HCEs in their day-to-day work;
- Undetermined APSSes paid at 100%;
- An additional subsidized floating day, as a predetermined APSS;
- When a predetermined APSS falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the option to move it one business day before or after;
- Fifteen (15) days notice provided to parents for undetermined APSS days;
- The option for the HCE to be replaced on undetermined APSS days without it counting towards the 20% (APSS days without closing);
- The option for the HCE to retain the right to require a parental contribution on APSS days;
- The option for the HCE to be able to postpone its recognition for up to twenty-four (24) months for a personal reason.
- Monetary compensation equivalent to a replacement or closing, and if there is a replacement on a pedagogical day, that this replacement not count towards the 20%.
- HCEs who are natural caregivers given the latitude to go over their 20% in replacements without it counting.
Since no provisions are included in the Collective Agreement to protect HCEs against psychological and sexual harassment, and because HCEs are not covered by the Act respecting labour standards, we are demanding the integration of provisions formally protecting them from any vexatious behaviour by way of words, acts or conduct of a hostile and undesired nature that violates their dignity or integrity.
Considering the great latitude of the CO in terms of complaint handling, leading most often to arbitrariness, we are demanding:
Regulating of the complaint process
- Complaints not handled by the pedagogical support agent;
- Complaints handled within thirty (30) days;
- Rejection of anonymous complaints or complaints from CO staff;
- For complaints to be admissible, that they relate to the Educational Childcare Act and its regulations;
- Upon receiving a complaint, that the CO advise the HCE in writing of the nature, alleged facts and detailed reasons explaining the inquiry. The same applies when new facts are added. On request, a copy be sent to the Union.
- HCEs given the option to provide their version of the facts;
- Unannounced visits take place only if the facts justify that the CO visually observe certain aspects of the educational service and is limited to the elements of the complaint;
- HCEs given the opportunity by the CO to state their observations at least fifteen (15) days after having transmitted to the HCE the complaint receipt notification, taking into account both parties’ availabilities;
- HCEs permitted to express their observations in writing or during the meeting with the CO.
Conclusion of the complaint
- If the CO concludes that the complaint is unfounded, it must close the complaint file and treat the HCE in the same manner as the other parties,
- as if the inquiry never took place;
- An unfounded complaint conclusion cannot be raised again later by the CO;
- The complaint handling procedure, complaint report, conclusions and any administrative or disciplinary measures applied by the ministry or CO may be subject to a disagreement.
The complaint report must include
- The facts alleged by the complainant(s);
- The steps taken to handle the complaint;
- The observations from the unannounced visit;
- The versions obtained;
- The conclusions of the complaint;
- The reasons that support these conclusions;
- The follow-up that the CO intends to carry out;
- The transmission of the report to the HCE within thirty (30) days of receipt of the complaint.
Flexibility in the 20% limit for
We are demanding that the following replacements not be included in the 20% maximum of an educational home childcare provider’s total opening days:
Improvement in training and
To improve service and develop the skills of our members so they have a better education to enhance the value of the HCE profession as it so deserves, we are demanding:
- Budget status quo of two (2) million dollars per year;
- Status quo of existing budget management principles, including distribution of the balance among HCEs;
- That HCEs in suspension for twelve (12) months or more be exempt from the training requirement that applies to them under section 59 of the
- Educational Childcare Regulation;
- Status quo of the original objectives applicable to continuing education and professional development, including:
- Improving the training offered;
- Favouring the continuing education and skills development of RSEs so they meet legal requirements.
Sudden and unexpected departure
of a parent
To minimize the negative impact of a parent’s sudden and unexpected departure, we are demanding that the subsidy be maintained for ten (10) business days following the departure.
Compensation during a
Given the long inquiry times of the DYP and the extremely negative impact this has on HCEs, we are demanding that they receive compensation until the educational home childcare service is reopened.
Broadening of remedies for disagreements in order to manage disputes based on legislation, regulations, directives, instructions, etc. Remedies for disagreements would enable enforceable judicial decisions to be reached.
- Integrate COs as part of the agreement in order to better and more efficiently use our remedies.
- Create a local parity committee for working relations between the CO and the Union to act directly with the CO concerned without going through the Ministère de la Famille.
- Carry-out visits in respect of the privacy of the HCE and the people living in the residence, as provided by the law and regulations.
- Include disciplinary measures in the HCE’s file with the latter’s observations that become null and void nine (9) months after the date of issue.
- Allow a specialization for the HCE in the following areas:
- Infant nursery;
- Special needs children;
- 4-5 age group;
- Atypical schedules
(e.g., overlapping day/evening schedules, etc.).
- Provide file access
CO must provide a complete copy of the HCE’s file free of charge when the HCE receives notification of the disciplinary measure.
- Ensure the CO simultaneously sends the Union a copy of all communications provided to the HCEs on its territory.