In October 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Education announced new funding called Fee Stabilization. This funding is intended to help offset the cost of the minimum wage increase, which will come into effect in 2018 for any child care staff who are currently earning under $14 an hour. The funding will improve the wages for the child care workforce and is intended to help child care operators so that they would not have to increase child care fees for families in order to meet the new minimum wage requirements. Agencies should take into account this available funding before determining any 2018 fee increases.
Fee Stabilization funds will be released upon Council approval of the 2018 City of Toronto Operating Budget in February. This funding will be available to eligible licensed child care centres and home child care agencies through an application process in early 2018.
The Province has also confirmed that Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) funding and the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) will continue in 2018. Details regarding the application, guidelines and timelines will also be communicated early in 2018.
The Fee Stabilization program is a new investment in 2018 and is in addition to the Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) grant. We will make every effort to integrate both Fee Stabilization and PWE/HCCEG applications to make the process as seamless as possible for operators.
Operators who currently receive the General Operating Funding will be receiving a customized Implementation Plan template within the next two weeks. Operators will have until January 26 to complete their 2018 budget and their Implementation Plan.
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