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.

Point of Clarification

PWE funding can be provided to additional staff for the hours worked where the same staff are normally in an eligible position supporting ratio but are temporarily taking on new roles to support the health and safety requirements set out by their local public health unit and the ministry’s operational guidance, including cleaning, screening and other COVID-19 related duties.

Updates

  • March 19, 2021*: The 2021 Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) /Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) applications are now closed.
    • *Application deadline does not apply to new centres / home child care agencies that open after the application deadline
  • Week of April 19, 2021: Approval status, reports and letters available through online services.
  • Week of April 26, 2021: Children’s Services begins 2021 payment schedule.

Check the status of an application 2021 PWE application status

2021 Payment Schedule Date Group Centres & Home Child Care Agencies
1st Payment
(4 months of annual approved application)
Week of April 26, 2021 covers January to April
2nd payment
(4 months of annual approved application)
July 1, 2021 covers May to August
3rd payment
(4 months of annual approved application)
September 1, 2021 covers September to December

 

IMPORTANT: As per Provincial directive, the approach to COVID-19 remains the same for 2021 that all locations must continually maximize federal financial supports, including the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and rent programs.

Operators are required to include all payments made to employees in respect of PWE in their CEWS applications in order to be eligible for PWE funding.

Operators must begin to pay staff their 2021 PWE within 60 calendar days of receipt of funding.

Payment must include all hours worked retroactive from January 1, 2021 to the date the payment is being made to all eligible staff.

Activity Open Due Key information
2020 PWE Reconciliation January 18, 2021 February 15, 2021
2021 PWE Application – Child Care Centres February 1, 2021 March 19, 2021
2021 PWE / Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) Application February 1, 2021 March 19, 2021

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2021 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 – Operators who are applying for the first time and 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

* Direct Deposit Form: please email tcsfunding@toronto.ca to receive a copy for completion

C. Submit Online Application – deadline March 19, 2021

Applications must be submitted online.

Additional required documentation must be emailed to tcsfunding@toronto.ca 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

 

The 2021 Provincial Home Child Care Enhancement Grant applications will be emailed to the agency for the opening of the application on February 1, 2021.

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2021 Provincial Wage Enhancement 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 – deadline March 19, 2021

Your completed and signed application, the signed Terms and Conditions and any other required documentation can 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