Newfoundland and Labrador advocates launch petition for decent pensions  

Newfoundland and Labrador advocates launch petition for decent pensions  

Child Care Now – Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a new petition calling on the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador to introduce a defined benefit pension plan for the ECE workforce. The group is advocating for the provincial government to fund 100% of employer contributions and increase ECE wages to compensate employees for the…

Manitoba provides increased funding for wage grid supplement and operating grant 

Manitoba provides increased funding for wage grid supplement and operating grant 

The Manitoba government has amended their child care regulations to provide facilities with a 2.75 percent increase to the wage grid supplement, effective July 1, and a five percent increase to the base operating grants, retroactively effective April 1. This increase was first announced May 3 2024 and reflects the government’s commitment in their 2023-2024…

New survey report on Ontario ELCC workforce released

New survey report on Ontario ELCC workforce released

An Ontario research report on the early learning and child care (ELCC) workforce titled Knowing our numbers: A community approach to understanding the early childhood education workforce was released June 26 2024. This report was first initiated by the County of Simcoe, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and the County of Lambton to better understand the…

New Child Care Now report and project explore child care workforce policies 

New Child Care Now report and project explore child care workforce policies 

A recent report by Child Care Now reveals a lack of cohesive workforce policies and funding programs at the provincial/territorial level.  While governments across Canada have introduced scattered initiatives such as new bursary programs, expanded professional learning and wage increases, challenges persist. Many provinces and territories maintain low wages for ECE, with minimal attention given…

Child care advocates assess success of $10aDay program to date and what’s next 

Child care advocates assess success of $10aDay program to date and what’s next 

On February 12th 2024, early learning and child care advocates from across Canada joined three webinars organized by Child Care Now to discuss how we can advance our collective goal of making affordable licensed child care available to all families, and inclusive of all children. Child Care Now Executive Director Morna Ballantyne gave an overview…

Child Care Now applauds Nova Scotia government’s pension and benefits announcement 

Child Care Now applauds Nova Scotia government’s pension and benefits announcement 

On December 19, 2023, the Nova Scotia government announced that it will be taking immediate steps to provide defined pension plan coverage for employees who work in licensed early learning and child care programs. Employees will also be entitled to health, life, long term disability and dental benefits through the Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) and they will be available to all employees, whether working full or part time.

Child Care Now Nova Scotia commends the government for listening and responding to the demands of child care advocates, and taking this very large initiative to support the child care workforce.

Get ready for November 30th, the Day of Action for ELCC

Get ready for November 30th, the Day of Action for ELCC

Families across Canada are crying out for access to early learning and child care (ELCC). The federal government’s historic child care initiative has brought down parent fees for licensed child care for children under 6, however, there are only enough licensed spaces for a fraction of those who need it. The federal, provincial and territorial…

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…

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Workforce strategy must include action on wages and working conditions Child Care Now congratulates the federal, provincial and territorial ministers most responsible for early learning and child care for agreeing to develop a multilateral child care workforce strategy when they met July 12, 2023 in Iqaluit to discuss and share their priorities for early learning and child…

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