The Canada Wide Early Learning Child Care (CWELCC) system funding announcement on March 28, 2022 requires that Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) is accessed in order to be eligible for the new workforce funding. Given this new approach to workforce funding by the Province, the City will consider late applications for PWE from Agencies. The new deadline is November 1, 2022.

The Province of Ontario has confirmed that funding will continue for the 2022 PWE/HCCEG program. The City of Toronto has received the annual funding allocation and guidelines, including the new Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) threshold.

The City of Toronto administers the PWE / HCCEG program for all licensed child care and home child care agencies in Toronto. This program helps to retain the best possible child care professionals and close the wage gap between registered Early Childhood Educators working in schools and those working in licensed child care programs. In addition, the HCCEG supports home child care providers contracted with a licensed home child care agency.

As per Provincial directive to be eligible for Provincial Wage Enhancement, operators must continue to access and maximize federal financial supports where available and as eligible.

Check the status of an application 2022 PWE application status

Activity Open Due Key information
2021 PWE Reconciliation January 21, 2022 February 15, 2022
  • Operators of Licensed Child Care Centres will be required to log into Online Services using their User ID & Password
  • Follow 2021 PWE Reconciliation Operator Instructions
2021 HCCEG Reconciliation January 21, 2022 February 15, 2022
  • Licensed Home Child Care Agencies will be required to complete and submit HCCEG Reconciliation package to tcsfunding@toronto.ca
2022 PWE Application – Child Care Centres February 1, 2022 March 18, 2022
2022 PWE / Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) Application February 1, 2022 March 18, 2022
2022 Payment Schedule Date Group Centre & Home Child Care Agencies
1st Payment: Q1, Q2 Week of April 25, 2022 covers January to June
2nd Payment: Q3 Week of June 27, 2022 covers July to September
3rd Payment: Q4 Week of September 26, 2022 covers October to December

 

The PWE/HCCEG approved annualized amounts will be noted in the approval letters issued the week of April 16, 2022 and distribution of funds will be in three payments.

IMPORTANT: As per Provincial directive, the approach to COVID-19 remains the same for 2022 that all locations must continually maximize federal financial supports, where available and as eligible.

Operators are required to begin distribution of 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.

Payment must include all hours worked retroactive to January 1, 2022 to the date the payment is being made to all eligible staff.

Application approval and payment for 2022 may be delayed for any agencies that have not submitted any required documentation including; audited financial statements / review engagement report or a PWE/HCCEG reconciliation for 2021, as required.

If a centre closes or changes ownership in 2022, Operators must notify Toronto Children’s Services in writing; complete and submit a distribution plan prior to further payments being released. The payment amount will cover the hours worked from January 1, 2022 to the last date of operation or operation under the previous management.

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2022 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 18, 2022

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 2022 Provincial Home Child Care Enhancement Grant applications will be emailed to the agency for the opening of the application on February 1, 2022.

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2022 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

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