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In response to the Fairness Commissioner’s Recommendations, MELCC proposed the following actions plans as of June 2012.

1. With regard to the new information package currently under development, MELCC ensure that their website has a dedicated landing page for internationally educated applicants with:

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a.Clear information explaining the meaning of each classification;Manitoba Family Services and Labour will incorporate the changes recommended by the OMFC into website changes currently underway.
b.More information about the nature of the formal education required and what distinguishes early learning degrees from teaching degrees;Manitoba Family Services and Labour will incorporate the changes recommended by the OMFC into website changes currently underway.
c.Realistic estimates of the full time and cost involved in classification for internationally educated applicants. Manitoba Family Services and Labour will incorporate the changes recommended by the OMFC into website changes currently underway.
2.In circumstances where an applicant’s educational qualifications fail to meet standard, MELCC provide written reasons that specify how this is the caseManitoba Family Services and Labour will review letters and adapt as necessary to ensure that applicants receive detailed written reasons for classification awarded
3.In the case of unfavorable appeal decisions, the Child Care Staff Qualifications Review Committee provides appellants sufficient written reasons to explain the decision Manitoba Family Services and Labour will bring the OMFC recommendations to the attention of the Chair of the CCSQRC, making clear the need to provide sufficient written reasons to appellants in the case of unfavorable appeal decisions and facilitate the Chair working with the OMFC and/or Manitoba Council of Administrative Tribunal (MCAT) to determine appropriate written responses to provide appellants.
4.MELCC ensure members of the Child Care Staff Qualifications Review Committee receive proper appeal orientation and due process training demands of the profession and its assessment process. That the College advise applicants of the appropriate levels of English language proficiency levels needed for the assessment process and in the fieldManitoba Family Services and Labour will make clear the importance of the OMFC requirement that all members of the CCSQRC avail themselves of appeal orientation and due process training.
5.MELCC implement an alternative documentation policy/procedure and include clear information about the possibility of alternative documentation in its classification informationManitoba Family Services and Labour will consult with OMFC to develop a policy/procedure that would allow for appropriate alternative documentation. Manitoba Family Services and Labour will ensure that IEQ is clearly identified as an option that provides individuals an opportunity for alternative documentation.
6.MELCC implement an access to records policy/procedure and provide applicants clear information about their access to records Manitoba Family Services and Labour will develop access to records policies and procedures and determine appropriate places to communicate these policies and procedures to applicants.

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