Wage Enhancement for Professionals
The 2014 budget included an investment of $269 million over three years to support a wage enhancement in the licensed child care sector. The wage enhancement increases income for child care program staff in the sector, helps retain Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs), and supports access to stable, high-quality child care programs for children in Ontario. The enhancement will also help close the wage gap between registered early childhood educators (RECEs) working in full-day kindergarten (FDK) programs and RECEs/child care professionals in licensed child care settings.
The wage enhancement will continue to support an increase of up to $2 per hour in 2017, 17.5 percent benefits, and an additional supplemental grant of $150 per full-time equivalent (FTE) for licensed child care centres. In addition, the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) will support an increase of up to $20 per day plus an additional supplemental grant of $50 per eligible provider for licensed home child care providers.
In an effort to provide as much information as possible regarding this initiative, this Wage Enhancement Questions and Answers document for Child Care Professionals is provided as a resource. Please be advised that the Questions and Answers document will be updated as required, so please check back periodically. The Q & A document will be dated at the bottom so that you can ensure that you are referring to the most current version.
For more information please contact:
400 City Hall Square East, Suite 301, P.O. Box 426
Windsor, Ontario Canada N9A 6L7
Phone: (519) 255-5200, ext. 5168