Provincial Wage Enhancement
The provincial wage enhancement program (PWE) helps to retain the best possible child care professionals. It also closes the wage gap between registered early childhood educators working in schools and licensed child care.
The City of Toronto administers the Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) for all licensed child care in Toronto.
February 2017 provincial update – “As part of Ontario’s commitment to supporting child care professionals, the program will receive ongoing, annual funding. This year, the province will provide:
- An ongoing wage enhancement, up to $2 per hour plus benefits, for eligible child care workers and home visitors in the licensed child care sector.
- An ongoing enhancement, up to $20 per day, for eligible home child care providers.
- A raise in the maximum hourly wage to be eligible for the wage enhancement – an increase of 1.5 per cent to $26.68 per hour. For home child care providers, the daily fees maximum will be $266.80 per day.”
2017 PWE application status letters were available for child care centres on May 19.
- Operators can log into Online Services using their User ID and Password.
- 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 Agencies, letters indicating the approved PWE amount, HCCEG amount and administration funding were mailed to the agency in the week of May 15, 2017.
- The PWE/HCCEG amounts noted in the approval letters have been annualized and will be distributed in two payments in 2017.
- The first payment covering the hours worked from January to September 2017, in the amount equals to 75% of the approved amount, was processed by June 9, 2017. This payment will be deposited in operator’s bank account in the week of June 12.
- If a centre closes or changes ownership in 2017, operators are required to complete 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.
- Operators are required to distribute funds to eligible positions / providers within 60 days of receiving the payment. Please refer to your distribution policy/plan when distributing the funds.
- The last payment covering the hours worked from October to December will be processed by the end of September 2017.
- Any agencies that did not submit audited financial statements on time the 2017 approval and payment may be delayed.
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