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 2021, the wage enhancement grant will support an increase of up to $2 per hour, plus 17.5 percent benefits for licensed program staff and home visitors. In addition, the HCCEG supports an increase of up to $20 per day for home child care providers contracted with a licensed home child care agency. The ministry will provide an additional supplemental grant of $150 for each eligible centre based FTE or home visitor FTE and $50 for each eligible home child care provider.
Please find the 2021 Wage Enhancement Application (Centre Based) and the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Application below.
The due date for Wage Enhancement and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Applications is April 16, 2021.
For general questions about the Wage Enhancement/HCCEG Grant, or questions regarding the Wage Enhancement/HCCEG applications, please contact Elizabeth Berestecki at [email protected] or 226-931-9692.
Please submit applications to Elizabeth Berestecki at [email protected]. See the 2021 Wage Enhancement and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Information document below for details about the application process and distribution of the grant to eligible staff. Information and applications for the Wage Enhancement Grants and the Home Child Care Enhancement Grants are available for you to view and download below.
- 2021 Wage Enhancement Grant Application (Centre Based)
- 2021 Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Application
- 2021 Wage Enhancement and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant Information
Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact Jen Snell to submit your request.