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Ontario’s government is protecting what matters most through support for child care professionals that will ensure our province provides the very best child care options for parents and families.

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.

This investment will help strengthen Ontario’s child care system by retaining more registered early childhood educators and other qualified professionals.

“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.”

Ontario is investing in a child care and early years system that puts families first. 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% 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.

April 18, 2019, Ministry of Education


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