Child care centres can apply for the 2018 Provincial Wage Enhancement Grant through Online Services.

The submission deadline is April 3, 2018.

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.

2018 Provincial Wage Enhancement

The Province has confirmed that the Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) funding and the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) will continue in 2018 and will provide:

  • An ongoing wage enhancement, up to $2.00 per hour plus benefits, for eligible child care workers and home visitors in the licensed child care sector
  • An ongoing enhancement, up to $20.00 per day, for eligible home child care providers

What’s different for 2018?

  • Maximum hourly wage to be eligible for the wage enhancement has increased by approximately 1.5 per cent to $27.07 per hour
  • For home child care providers, the daily fees maximum will be $270.70 per day.
  • An equivalent rate of $270.07 per day for full time Home Child Care providers
  • the cap for part time providers will be $162.42
  • Centres and agencies that open in 2018 will be eligible for wage enhancement PWE/HCCEG once they begin operations.

2017 PWE Reconciliation

The 2017 PWE Reconciliation application deadline was February 15, 2018

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2018 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, print and sign the hard copy
  • Print and sign a copy of the Terms and Conditions.

    *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 complete:

    • The Operating Information Form

    Operators who do not have a funding agreement and did not apply for PWE in previous years, must also provide:

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

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

C. Submit Application by April 3, 2018

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

Provincial Home Child Care Enhancement Grant applications were sent to home child care agencies on February 16, 2018

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 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

D. Submit Application by April 3, 2018

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

Application Status

PWE application status letters will be available for child care centres mid-May.

Operators can log into Online Services using their User ID and Password and go to the PWE Grant tab and/or print the report and letter from the list.The letter indicates the status of the centre and the report shows the PWE amount, supplemental funding and administration funding that were approved per location.

For home child care agencies, letters indicating the approved PWE amount, HCCEG amount and administration funding will be mailed to the agency mid-May.


Payments

The PWE/HCCEG amounts noted in the approval letters have been annualized and will be distributed in two payments in 2018.

  • The first payment will be directly deposited mid-June 2018. This payment will be equal to 75% of the approved amount to cover hours worked from January to September 2018.
  • The last payment will be processed by the end of September 2018. This payment will be equal to the remaining 25% of the approved amount to cover hours worked from October to December 2018.
  • Any agencies that did not submit audited financial statements, as required; 2018 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 2018, 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 to the last date of operation or operation under the previous management.

Please forward any payment questions to tcsfunding@toronto.ca