The Ontario government announced that on January 1, 2024 it will increase the wage floor for Registered ECEs to $23.86 an hour – up from a planned increase to $20 an hour. 

Child care advocates point out that this wage floor increase does nothing to improve compensation for non-RECE staff and leaves out any RECE who earns above the floor. 

“The increase in the wage floor simply continues the government’s failed approach, one which subsidizes low-wage employers with public funds while doing nothing for programs that have worked to be decent work employers and raise wages over the years,” said Carolyn Ferns of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC).

As outlined in their position paper, the OCBCC and Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) continue to demand:

  • A salary scale of at least $30-$40 per hour for RECEs.
  • At least $25 per hour for non-RECE staff.
  • Annual increases and steps to reward years of service.
  • Immediate implementation of benefit and pension plans. 

The OCBCC and the AECEO joined Child Care Now on November 30th for the National Day of Action to call for universal and equitable access for families and decent work for educators.