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Child Care Wage Enhancement Grant

 
The Wage Enhancement Grant supports wages for child care professionals working in licensed child care settings. Learn about the Wage Enhancement Grant and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant funding.

The Ministry of Education provides a Wage Enhancement Grant (WEG) and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) to support wages for child care professionals working in licensed child care settings. These funds are available for:

  • Program staff working in licensed child care programs
  • Home visitors and providers working with a licensed home child care agency

The goals of WEG/HCCEG are to support a stable, accessible high quality child care system through:

  • Helping licensed child care operators to retain RECEs/child care staff
  • Supporting greater employment and income security
  • Closing the wage gap between RECE wages in the school board and licensed child care sectors

Halton Region administers the WEG/HCCEG funding to licensed child care operators and agencies on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Update for 2018

Highlights for the 2018 provincial funding include:

  • An increase of up to $2/hour plus 17.5% benefits for licensed program staff and home visitors (WEG).
  • An increase of up to $20/day for home child care providers contracted with a licensed home child care agency (HCCEG).
  • Staff earning more than $27.07 are not eligible for WEG. Providers earning more than $270.70 per day are not eligible for HCCEG. This wage cap aligns with the school-based ECE salary grid.
  • WEG/HCCEG payments must be provided to staff and providers on the regular pay cycle.
  • Applications are required for 2018 WEG/HCCEG funding.
  • New centres and agencies that open in 2018 will be eligible for WEG/HCCEG funding once they begin operations.
  • Administration Grant funding will be available in 2018.

Updated User Guides will be available at a later date.

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