For a second straight year, Ontario is increasing wages for early childhood educators and other child care professionals in licensed child care settings.
Ontario is providing a $1 per hour wage increase for eligible child care workers who qualify in the licensed child care sector, bringing the total wage increase up to $2 per hour, plus benefits. The province is also providing an additional $10 per day increase to home child care providers who qualify, bringing the total increase up to $20 per day. Both increases are effective January 2016.
The wage enhancement will help recruit and retain the best possible early childhood educators and child care professionals. It also closes the wage gap between registered early childhood educators working in kindergarten programs and child care professionals in licensed child care settings.
Supporting families in accessing high quality licensed child care is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.