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.

Updates

2019 Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) / Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) funding

The Province of Ontario has confirmed that funding will continue for the 2019 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 application and guidelines for PWE/HCCEG will be available to all licensed child care centres and home child care agencies on June 24, 2019 and will be open for 30 days. All Operators will receive an email advising that the application will be available and details for completion.

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2019 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 by July 24, 2019 at 5 p.m.

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 were sent to home child care agencies on June 24, 2019

A. Review Guidelines

Before starting the application, carefully review the 2019 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 by July 24, 2019 at 5 p.m.

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 the week of August 12, 2019.

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 the week of August 12, 2019.

Payments

The PWE/HCCEG amounts noted in the approval letters have been annualized and will be distributed in one payment in 2019.

  • The payment will be processed in the week of August 19, 2019.
  •  Any agencies that did not submit audited financial statements for 2018, as required; 2019 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 2019, 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, 2019 to the last date of operation or operation under the previous management.

Please forward any payment questions to tcsfunding@toronto.ca