1) What information do I need before I can start working for Macdonald Youth Services?
It depends on what type of work you will be doing.
a. If you are working directly with youth, you must provide a current Criminal Record Check (CRC), Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) and Child Abuse Registry (CAR) Check. Current means these documents are issued to you within three months of starting work with MYS. These checks are mandatory as per government requirements for anyone working with youth. You may not be allowed to work until you have been cleared through our licensing process.
b. If you are working directly with adults then you must provide a current Criminal Record Check (CRC), Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS), Child Abuse Registry (CAR) Check and an Adult Abuse Registry (AAR) Check. Current means these documents must be issued to you within three months of your starting work with MYS. These checks are mandatory as per government requirements for anyone working with adults. You may not be allowed to work directly with adults until you have been cleared through our licensing process.
c. If the position you apply for requires a valid driver’s license, you will need to provide a copy of your license and a current driver's abstract, which can be obtained by visiting any motor vehicle branch.
d. If you have listed any degrees, diplomas, certificates or courses as part of your qualifications you must provide originals during your onboarding process. We will make copies of these documents and will place them with your employment file.
e. If you are working with youth, you must provide current certification in Emergency First Aid and CPR. This certification is mandatory as per government requirements for anyone working with youth.
2) How long does it take to obtain these checks?
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) can take anywhere from a few days to several months depending on where the check originates from and the time of year. Under the rules for obtaining these checks you have to fill out an application form through your local police department. Due to the high volume of checks made though the Winnipeg Police Services, these can take the longest (from four weeks to several months) to get back. Currently checks made through organizations outside law enforcement agencies like the Commissionaires and Back Check are not acceptable. Child Abuse Registry (CAR) checks or Adult Abuse Registry (AAR) checks made through Macdonald Youth Services are usually quicker and take a few weeks.
3) I have applied for a Criminal Record Check (CRC) and now I have to go and get fingerprinted. What does this mean?
This means that your name or birthdate and gender have matched with another person who has a record of suspensions (formerly known as pardons) for sexual offences. The fingerprinting process is needed to confirm your identity. The information that can be legally disclosed is provided to the applicant. Often the letter asking you to provide fingerprints will tell you the reason.
4) I have a criminal record from my past. Will that prevent me from working for Macdonald Youth Services now or in the future?
Not necessarily, it depends on what the conviction was for and when it occurred. Everyone is entitled to a second chance and if the activity leading to the risk is deemed not to impact your ability to work with youth or adults then you would still be considered for the position.
5) How do I apply?
Email your cover letter and resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail your cover letter and resumé to
Macdonald Youth Services
attention Human Resources
400–495 Portage Avenue
Whichever method you choose, ensure the competition number that you are applying for is clearly indicated on your cover letter. In your cover letter or resumé, you must also demonstrate how you meet ALL of the requirements for the position.
6) What is the probation period at MYS?
Generally it is three months, depending on the area you are working in. The length of time is indicated in your letter of offer. Depending on performance it may be extended by management to give the employee a suitable chance to demonstrate an organizational fit.
7) If I’m hired, do I have to stay in the same program or can I apply for different jobs?
We support and encourage internal promotions. Once you become an employee with us, you are welcome to apply for any open position that matches your qualifications and experience.