The Ontario government has made an ongoing funding commitment to support a wage enhancement for eligible child care professionals working in licensed child care settings. The wage enhancement/HCCEG will help retain RECEs, and support access to stable, high-quality child care programs for children in Ontario. The wage enhancement will also help to close the wage gap between registered early childhood educators (RECEs) working in full-day kindergarten (FDK) programs and RECEs/other child care program staff working in licensed child care settings.
In 2019, the wage enhancement will support an increase of up to $2 per hour, plus 17.5% benefits, and a supplemental grant of $150 for each eligible centre based FTE or home visitor FTE and $50 for each eligible home child care provider. The supplemental grant provides operators the flexibility to cover salary shortfalls and additional benefits once mandatory benefits are covered. In addition, the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) will support an increase of up to $20 per day for home child care providers.
Please find the 2019 Wage Enhancement Application (Centre Based) and the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Application below.
Wage Enhancement Applications must be submitted prior to March 15, 2019 to be considered for wage enhancement funds. Applications submitted after March 15, 2019 will not be accepted.
For general questions about the Wage Enhancement Grant, or questions regarding the Wage Enhancement applications, please contact Kelsey Harte at Kelsey.Harte@hnhss.ca or 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623 Ext. 3786.
Please submit applications to Kelsey Harte at Kelsey.Harte@hnhss.ca. See the 2019 Wage Enhancement and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Information document below for details about the application process and distribution to eligible staff. Information, updates and applications for the Wage Enhancement Grants and the Home Child Care Enhancement Grants are available for you to view and download.
- 2019 Wage Enhancement Application (Centre Based)
- 2019 Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Application
- 2019 Wage Enhancement and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant
Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact Kelsey Harte to submit your request.