Despite an ultimatum by the Association des camps du Québec (ACQ), the government still has not announced financial assistance, denounces Québec solidaire pressing Quebec to proceed in order to avoid a wave of closures of day camps.
“These camps are a great place to live for children, which will be need for interaction and human contact after months in confinement. Think also to the many parents who will be at work during the summer season. It is necessary to save the day camps this summer!” said the party spokesman on municipal Affairs, Émilise Lessard-Therrien, by means of a press release on Monday.
The money requested by the day camps would be used to make up the shortfall due to declining enrollment, comply with sanitary measures and hire more instructors.
In order to ensure the distance physical between the campers, Quebec has among others reviewed the ratios of instructors/campers at day camps this summer by reducing the number of children in each group. Result : the day camps will need to hire more labour than normal.
Thus, the member of parliament in solidarity of Rosemont, Vincent Marissal, proposes to terminate the exception surrounding the standard on the minimum wage, which allows the day camp hire staff student below the minimum wage in day camps.
According to him, the government Legault should even consider to offer a premium salary to instructors and teachers in order to attract more candidates for the season.
“More than ever, the government has the responsibility to provide a decent our day camps to ensure that they can offer their services this summer, while respecting the sanitary measures,” he said.
Last week, the ACQ has asked the government Legault financial assistance of $ 11 million at the latest on may 29, without which many day camps managed by private companies or non-profit organizations may not open this summer.
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