Fines for child care has increased tenfold

vertu-modifications-apportees-loi-2010Quebec is now showing more severe against CPE and private day care centers that violate the regulations on the quality of services. The total amount of fines collected from offending child care is eight times higher that a year ago.

This is revealed in data released under the law on access to information.

For the year 2015-2016, the “administrative penalties” as it calls them to the Ministry of Family, totaled $ 143,750 so far, that is to say to 29 February. The fines amounted to only $ 18 250 per year before. They were barely $ 2750 in 2013-2014.

“Increasing the number of administrative penalties is explained by the fact that the Ministry has set up a program on the optimization of inspections in educational childcare to children in 2015-2016,” said the Ministry.

Under amendments to the law in 2010, Quebec can impose a fine of up to $ 500 for each violation of the rules on the quality of services. But he had little use his new powers to sanction so far. You could count on the fingers of one hand the penalties imposed in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Breaches of rules

By lawlessness means for example the fact that more children than required by the permit, exceed the ratio of the number of children per teacher, not to provide a certificate of no impediment exists for each staff member, not to meet the requirements of health and safety.

The Department collects the fines as a result of criminal prosecution by the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DCPP). The funds raised are used for specific purposes by the Ministry. Instead, they are transferred to the consolidated fund of the government.

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