The City of Toronto administers the Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) program for all licensed child care in Toronto. This program helps to retain the best possible child care professionals and it helps to close the wage gap between registered Early Childhood Educators working in schools and those working in licensed child care programs.

October 2020 – Updates

Child Care Centres

Under provincial directive, changes have been made to the PWE program.  Most of the processes, policies and requirements remain the same as outlined in the 2020 PWE Guidelines but there have been changes to:

  • allocation of available funding
  • 2020 Payment Schedule
  • the eligibility requirements for distribution (centre & staff)
  • year end reconciliation (based on total PWE funding received)

Details of the changes are outlined in: 2020 PWE – Payment, Eligibility and Distribution Chart for Child Care Centres.

Home Child Care

Home Child Care Agencies were permitted to continue services uninterrupted as they did not fall under the Provincially mandated closure. Please note there are changes to:

  • the 2020 Payment Schedule
  • eligibility requirements for distribution (provider rates)
  • allowing for full-time rates for providers during month of September until children returned to school, where applicable

Check the status of a an application 2020 PWE application status

2020 Revised Payment Schedule 

Quarter Date of Payment Child Care Centres Home Child Care Agencies
Q1
Jan – Mar
April payment at 100% of annual approved application, for three months; Jan, Feb, Mar payment at 100% of annual approved application, for three months; Jan, Feb, Mar
Q2
Apr – Jun
n/a no payment during Mandated Closure payment available for active providers
Q3
Jul – Sep
July payment at 25% of annual approved application, for two months; July, August payment at 100% of annual approved application, for three months; July, Aug, Sep
Q4
Oct – Dec
October payment at 100% of annual approved application, for two months; Sep-Oct payment at 100% of annual approved application, for three months; Oct, Nov, Dec
November payment at 100% of annual approved application, for two months; Nov-Dec

 

Any agencies that did not submit audited financial statements or a reconciliation for 2019, as required; 2020 approval and payment may be delayed.

Operators are required to distribute funds to all eligible positions / providers within 60 calendar days of receiving the payment. Please ensure your distribution policy/plan is in compliance with the current years Guidelines when distributing the funds.

If a centre closes or changes ownership in 2020, operators are required to complete and submit a distribution plan prior to payment being released. The payment amount will cover the hours worked from January 1, 2020 to the last date of operation or operation under the previous management.

Please forward any payment questions to tcsfunding@toronto.ca

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2020 Provincial Wage Enhancement Guidelines for Child Care Centres.

B. Complete Application

  • Log into Online Services using your User ID and password to complete and submit the Provincial Wage Enhancement Application. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Online Application Instructions previously emailed to all child care centres.
    Note: Centres that are applying for the first time must contact Toronto Children’s Services at tcsfunding@toronto.ca for a User ID and Password.
  • Once the application is complete, submit online.

*Important Information for Operators Who Do Not Have a Funding Agreement With the City

Operators who do not have a funding agreement with the City of Toronto must also provide:

  • A copy of your incorporation papers or business license
  • A completed Direct Deposit Form
  • A void blank cheque

For Direct Deposit Form, or if you have questions, please email tcsfunding@toronto.ca.

C. Submit Online Application

All other required documentation can be emailed to tcsfunding@toronto.ca or dropped off or mailed to

Attention: Faye Jose, Director
Provincial Wage Enhancement Applications
Toronto Children’s Services
10th floor Metro Hall
55 John St
Toronto ON  M5V 3C6

Provincial Home Child Care Enhancement Grant applications and letters indicating the approved PWE amount, HCCEG amount and administration funding will be sent to the agency

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2020 PWE Guidelines for Home Child Care Agencies to verify that you are eligible and to ensure that you are completing the application properly.

B. Complete Application

  • Complete, print and sign an original hard copy of the Application for Private Home Day Care Providers
  • Complete, print and sign an original hard copy of the Application for Home Visitors, if applicable
  • Sign a hard copy of the Terms & Conditions

C. Submit Application

Your completed and signed application, the signed Terms and Conditions and any other required documentation can be dropped off or mailed to:

Attention: Faye Jose, Director
Provincial Wage Enhancement Applications
Toronto Children’s Services
10th floor Metro Hall
55 John St
Toronto ON  M5V 3C6