Ontario invests more than $200 million to support wage increases for child care professionals

Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education. Photo: https://www.ontario.ca

Ontario is investing over $200 million to support wage enhancements for eligible child care professionals.

Government officials say eligible staff working in a licensed child care program or agency will continue to see increased wages of up to $2 an hour, while home child care providers working with a licensed child care agency will be eligible for a grant of up to $20 a day.

“Registered early childhood educators and child care professionals provide Ontario families with a vital service and start our children on a lifelong journey of learning,” said Education Minister Lisa Thompson, who announced the wage enhancement funding today. “We are recognizing the important work they do and ensuring that Ontario families continue to benefit from their skills and expertise.”

As part of the 2019 Budget, the province introduced the new Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit that will provide about 300,000 families with up to 75 per cent of their eligible child care expenses.

Quick facts:

  • Ontario is allocating $207 million to municipalities and First Nation communities to support wage enhancements for eligible child care professionals.
  • Approximately 88 per cent of staff working in the licensed child care sector are eligible for wage enhancement.
  • The average child care sector worker would receive $3,700 annually through wage enhancement funding.
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