Bill 2 - An Act to amend the Educational Childcare Act
The Québec Ombudsman presented its recommendations to the Committee on Citizen Relations regarding Bill 2, An Act to amend the Educational Childcare Act.
The purpose of this bill is to clarify the concept of related persons and enunciate the criteria under which such persons are considered to be related. The Ombudsperson Raymonde Saint-Germain explained that the principle of related persons has been the subject of complaints to the Québec Ombudsman.
She therefore recommends that the Ministère de la Famille (the Department) explain this principle to the persons who could be considered related and that they be informed of their rights and be able to present their points of view at the eligibility stage, before the Department's decision. She also recommends the establishment of a formal review mechanism, allowing a person to contest the Department's decision to consider that he or she is economically related to another person during the eligibility process.