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S.M. 2008, c. 18
Bill 16, 2nd Session, 39th Legislature
The Child Care Safety Charter (Community Child Care Standards Act Amended)
(Assented to June 12, 2008)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
The following is added after section 15:
Every licensee must
(a) establish for the facility a code of conduct and a safety plan, which must be approved by the director; and
(b) review the code of conduct and safety plan at least annually.
A facility's code of conduct must be in accordance with any regulations and must include
(a) a statement that the following persons must behave in a respectful manner and comply with the code of conduct:
(i) the licensee,
(ii) staff of the facility,
(iii) children enrolled at the facility,
(iv) parents and guardians of children enrolled at the facility,
(v) all others involved with the facility;
(b) a statement that the following are unacceptable:
(i) bullying or harassing another person,
(ii) abusing another person physically or sexually, or abusing another person psychologically, whether orally, in writing or otherwise,
(iii) discriminating against another person unreasonably on the basis of any characteristic set out in subsection 9(2) of The Human Rights Code,
(iv) acting in a manner that puts another person at risk of harm;
(c) a statement that the persons referred to in clause (a) must adhere to the facility's policies about the appropriate use of e-mail, electronic devices and the Internet;
(d) proactive strategies to ensure an environment that is conducive to the health, safety and well-being of the children enrolled at the facility; and
(e) the consequences of violating the code of conduct;
and meet any other requirements set out in the regulations.
The code of conduct must take into account the developmental capabilities of children.
A facility's safety plan must be in accordance with any regulations and must include
(a) procedures for
(i) controlling visitor access to the facility,
(ii) ensuring that the indoor and outdoor spaces used by the facility are safe, and
(iii) carrying out emergency practice drills;
(b) the role of the licensee, staff and others in the event of an emergency;
(c) emergency procedures for
(i) dealing with bomb threats, fires, chemical spills, weather-related emergencies and health-related emergencies,
(ii) responding to threatening behaviour by a person in the facility or on the property,
(iii) evacuating the facility,
(A) inside and outside the facility, and
(B) with a school or organization located in the same building as the facility,
(v) contacting parents or guardians of children enrolled in the facility; and
(d) policies and procedures to meet the needs of children who have diagnosed anaphylaxis;
Section 34 is amended
(a) by adding the following after clause (g):
(g.1) respecting the contents of codes of conduct and safety plans;
(b) by adding the following after clause (q):
(r) defining any word or expression used in this Act but not defined.
This Act comes into force on a day to be fixed by proclamation.