Ontario to release new child care funding formula, implementation scheduled for 2025

Ontario to release new child care funding formula, implementation scheduled for 2025

In a bid to address mounting concerns from child care operators, Ontario has unveiled a timeline for a revamped funding formula under the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) program. The move comes after multiple delays by the government and persistent warnings from operators about the program’s sustainability without adequate funding approaches. The government’s…

Ontario advocates continue to call for system change in response to Ford government’s announcement on wage floor increase

Ontario advocates continue to call for system change in response to Ford government’s announcement on wage floor increase

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.

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) have jointly released a position paper and policy brief highlighting the child care workforce shortage and how a publicly funded salary scale can support the successful implementation of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) plan.  The position…

Ontario workforce crisis worsens as provincial government announces more new child care spaces

On December 19, 2022, the Ontario government announced it will support the creation of 53,000 licensed child care spaces by 2026 for children 0-5 years of age, including 16,296 spaces located in schools and 28,672 community centre-based or home-based spaces. The province has allocated $213 million of federal funds to one-time start-up grants to offset…

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